Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is a mental disturbance that is characterized by specific episodes of violent and aggressive behavior that may involve harm to others or destruction of property.
Episodes of IED usually last 10 to 20 minutes and often result in injuries and destruction of property (deliberate). Different episodes can have periods of nonaggression divide them or can occur close together in time.
IED episodes may start with or be accompanied by:
- Increased energy
- Chest tightness
- Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head