Do you have Intermittent Explosion Disorder?

Jim Wynne

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I think I finally found out what's wrong with me: from Seed Magazine

The following commercial may be coming soon to a television near you.

Fade in: An LA expressway at rush hour. A 40-year-old middle manager driving a 10-year-old Geo gets cut off by a long-haired teen in a cherry-red Mustang. The elder man raises his hand quickly, but instead of shaking it wildly, he smiles and waves.

Cut to exterior of a Planned Parenthood clinic during a pro-life rally:
A woman entering the clinic drops handbag, splaying condoms and lipstick onto the ground. Protester picks up handbag, passes it to the woman and wishes her a "nice day."

Cut to a grassy meadow:
"Daily Show" curmudgeon Lewis Black hugs a Starbucks executive (or Dick Cheney).
Voiceover:
"If you have three or more outbursts or instances of rage per year, you may suffer from IED, a condition that affects nearly 20 million Americans. Ask your doctor about Simmadoun, a new medicine that may help calm urges to overreact to life's unfortunate moments. Side effects may include incontinence, vaginal dryness and a tendency to be stared at in Midtown Manhattan. See our ad in Guns & Ammo magazine for more information."

Closing Scene:
Irish soccer fan takes Brazilian player into a bar, buys him a beer and pats him on the ***.
According to a report released June 5th in the Archives of General Psychiatry, researchers from the University of Chicago, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School say more than 7% of Americans may require treatment for a condition known as "Intermittent Explosive Disorder," or IED.
It's neither a propensity for spontaneous combustion nor anything a big bottle of Bean-o could solve. Rather, it's a condition described by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) as an impulse-control disorder that results in violent outbursts or "rages" that cause harm to others or property, and are "grossly out of proportion to the stressor."

"It's kind of embarrassing, but anger isn't something that you think to bring up in a diagnosis," said Harvard's Ron Kessler, the report's lead author. "You tend to focus on sadness or moodiness. The fact is that what psychologists are trained to think of as a mental illness was historically defined over drinks and cigars by aggressive, middle-aged men."

The scientists say they were shocked to find that there is such a large population of angry Americans. So, in line with our over-medicated ways, they are adding a new entry to the list of popular mental illnesses skulking on the underside of America's psyche—right between ADHD and restless leg syndrome. Age, race and socioeconomic status don't seem to be factors in predicting who suffers from IED—but gender does: The study found nearly twice as many men display symptoms than women.

Thus far, IED has mostly appeared on the national radar when used as a defense in court, like in the 2001 case of millionaire transvestite dermatologist Richard Sharp of Lawrence, MA, who claimed that the condition led him to shoot his wife of 26 years.

"This is a biological condition that can be effectively treated," said University of Chicago's Emil Coccaro, one of the paper's coauthors.

Coccaro also pointed to studies—which he admits had very small sample groups—showing that people who have been diagnosed with IED tend to react to annoyances with a lack of activity in the brain's seat of reasoning (the frontal cortex) and over activity in the "fight or flight" center (the amygdala). IED is often treated with a class of drugs called serotonin reuptake inhibitors, the most popular of which is Prozac.
The new study was a part of a much larger project conducted between 2001 and 2003 called the National Comorbidity Survey, where researchers showed up at more than 9,000 households to test the severity and prevalence of a broad range of mental disorders. To rank IED, interviewers asked respondents to report times when "all of a sudden you lost control and broke or smashed something worth more than a few dollars." Subjects were also asked whether or not they thought their response was angrier than average. Those who reported more than three over-reactions in a year averaged $1,359 in total property damage.
Despite the damage assessment, some psychologists aren't buying IED.

"Pharmaceutical companies and research academics are making it so that entries in the DSM become a list of excuses for patients to get their drug of choice and an easy way out for psychiatrists," said Simon Sobo, a Connecticut-based psychologist who has written extensively on overmedication. "If you walk into a doctor's office and have strep throat, then he knows what is causing your problem and can give you antibiotics to clear that up.

"We don't immediately know what causes the problems in our heads," he continued, "so we shouldn't dole out knee-jerk medications as if we did—especially not when counseling or rooting out a life problem will do the trick."

Sobo and like-minded psychologists are worried IED will follow the same path as ADHD—a disorder for which 5 million Americans receive treatment. As studies in the late '90s suggested that many adults may suffer from the same disorder as their children, adult use of drugs such as Ritalin doubled in a three year timespan. More recently, editorials in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine have hinted that these prescriptions may be unnecessary. Prescriptions to children rose at the same rate, leading the Consumers Union—the publisher of Consumer Reports—to issue a warning last September that the drugs were probably being vastly over-prescribed.

For their part, the paper's authors hypothesize that individuals with hair-trigger tempers aren't anything new in our society. The problem, they say, is that we live in a world with a lot more stressors, which make the starting point for rage a lot closer to the explosion point for everyone.

"This is why you pick up the paper and see more road rage and more instances of stupid violence," Coccara said. Still, Coccara doesn't advocate relying on quickie solutions like Prozac to buffer our increasingly high-strung lives. Rather, he suggests that those of us who can hold our tempers long enough try counting to 10.
 

Marc

Fully vaccinated are you?
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My problem is that these days, just about everything can be 'cured'. I have no idea any more what is 'normal'. I might believe, according to advertising, that I have 'Restless Leg Syndrome' and to 'cure' it I'll have to pay a doctor to see me and then pay big bucks for the drugs...

I *may* have 'Restless Leg Syndrome', but I can live with it... At least the guy above recommends 'counting to 10'.
 

Randy

Super Moderator
Another excuse for someone to not to be responsible for their individual actions. Goes along with...

"The devil made me do it"

"I was abused"

"I have PTSD"

"I was deprived"

"My ancestors were....whatever"

"I come from a broken home"

"etc, etc, yah, yah, yah"
 

Sidney Vianna

Post Responsibly
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Randy said:
Another excuse for someone to not to be responsible for their individual actions. Goes along with...

"The devil made me do it"
:applause: You are right, Randy.

And, don't forget the I suffer from USNYD - Unknown Syndrome Not Yet Discovered...
At least in Randy's case is not intermittent.....
 
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Wes Bucey

Prophet of Profit
Jim Wynne said:
I think I finally found out what's wrong with me...
I was pleased to see that "mood altering drugs" were NOT at the top of the list of most prescribed drugs. (broken link removed)

(Most were related to high blood pressure, heart conditions, or asthma.)

I recall a myth of a few years back that Valium (diazepam) was the most prescribed drug. The myth was so pervasive, it was made a joke in one movie spoof where someone gets hurt and a character described as a doctor asks if any bystander has an aspirin and everyone returns a blank stare. In frustration, he then asks, "Anybody got a Valium?" and dozens of bystanders push forward, holding out Valium bottles.

Added in edit. Note #1 is the drug of choice for Dr. House (Fox TV show) also known as Vicodin.

Drug - Name - - Total - Prescriptions - (X1000)
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Lipitor - 63,219
Amoxicillin - 52,104
Lisinopril - 47,829
Hydrochlorothiazide - 42,757
Atenolol - 42,001
Zithromax - 38,110
Furosemide - 34,782
Alprazolam - 34,230
Toprol-XL - 33,598
Albuterol - Aerosol - 32,679
Norvasc - 32,580
Levothyroxine - 32,465
Synthroid - 30,695
Metformin - 29,202
Zoloft - 26,976
Lexapro - 24,788
Ibuprofen - 24,327
Cephalexin - 24,092
Ambien - 23,145
Prednisone - 23,001
Nexium - 22,883
Triamterenew/HCTZ - 22,820
Propoxyphene-N/Acetaminophen - 22,655
Zocor - 22,325
Singulair - 22,167
Prevacid - 22,152
Metoprolol - 21,992
Fluoxetine - 21,403
Lorazepam - 19,002
Plavix - 18,823
THIS IS SPAM - PLEASE REPORT THIS POST - w/Acetaminophen - 18,373
Amoxicillin/Potassium - Clavulanate - 18,326
Advair - Diskus - 18,289
Fosamax - 17,915
Effexor - XR - 17,179
Warfarin - 17,067
Paroxetine - 16,889
Clonazepam - 16,763
Zyrtec - 16,426
Protonix - 16,402
Potassium - Chloride - 16,278
Acetaminophen/Codeine - 15,679
Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole - 15,283
Gabapentin - 15,164
Premarin - 14,845
Flonase - 14,736
Trazodone - 14,505
Cyclobenzaprine - 14,480
Amitriptyline - 14,385
Levaquin - 14,235
Tramadol - 13,301
Ciprofloxacin - 13,280
Lotrel - 12,863
Ranitidine - 12,801
Allegra - 12,796
Levoxyl - 12,772
Diovan - 12,595
Enalapril - 12,567
Diazepam - 12,093
Naproxen - 11,771
Fluconazole - 11,519
Lisinopril/HCTZ - 11,489
Klor-Con - 11,355
Altace - 11,211
Wellbutrin - XL - 11,044
Celebrex - 10,965
Viagra - 10,913
Doxycycline - 10,716
Zetia - 10,453
Avandia - 10,385
Lovastatin - 10,328
Diovan - HCT - 10,292
Carisoprodol - 10,207
Yasmin - 28 - 10,152
Allopurinol - 9,828
Clonidine - 9,823
Methylprednisolone - 9,754
Actos - 9,737
Pravachol - 9,733
Actonel - 9,660
Ortho - Evra - 9,355
Citalopram - 9,266
Verapamil - SR - 9,248
Isosorbide - 9,137
Penicillin - VK - 8,872
Glyburide - 8,733
THIS IS SPAM - PLEASE REPORT THIS POST - XR - 8,653
Nasonex - 8,604
Folic - Acid - 8,506
Seroquel - 8,420
Cozaar - 8,278
Tricor - 8,277
Coreg - 8,228
Concerta - 8,201
Vytorin - 8,154
Lantus - 8,133
Promethazine - 8,063
Mobic - 7,856
Flomax - 7,817
Crestor - 7,797
Glipizide - ER - 7,716
Ortho - Tri-Cyclen - Lo - 7,590
Temazepam - 7,570
Omeprazole - 7,360
Omnicef - 7,345
Albuterol - Nebulizer - Sol. - 7,335
Risperdal - 7,301
Aciphex - 7,081
Digitek - 7,069
Spironolactone - 7,045
Valtrex - 6,988
Xalatan - 6,890
Metformin - ER - 6,616
Hyzaar - 6,424
Quinapril - 6,351
Clindamycin - 6,192
Metronidazole - Tabs - 6,146
Triamcinlnolone - 6,111
Topamax - 6,061
Combivent - 6,016
Benazepril - 5,992
Gemfibrozil - 5,797
Avapro - 5,788
Amaryl - 5,787
Trinessa - 5,773
Estradiol - 5,744
Hydroxyzine - 5,725
Metoclopramide - 5,652
Allegra-D - 12 - Hour - 5,634
Doxazosin - 5,547
Coumadin - 5,517
Glipizide - 5,398
Diclofenac - 5,281
Evista - 5,246
DiltiazemCD - 5,165
Detrol - LA - 5,163
Meclizine - 5,149
Glyburide/Metformin - 5,086
Strattera - 4,991
Cymbalta - 4,938
Nitrofurantoin - 4,927
Promethazine/Codeine - 4,912
Benicar - 4,771
Mirtazapine - 4,766
Bisoprolol/HCTZ - 4,750
Clarinex - 4,743
THIS IS SPAM - PLEASE REPORT THIS POST - 4,715
Minocycline - 4,663
Imitrex - 4,619
Nabumetone - 4,611
Zyprexa - 4,540
Lamictal - 4,487
Zyrtec - Syrup - 4,466
Glycolax - 4,445
Acyclovir - 4,420
Propranolol - 4,340
Nasacort - AQ - 4,303
Aricept - 4,292
Butalbital/Acetaminophen/Caffeine - 4,267
Niaspan - 4,248
Azithromycin - 4,160
Depakote - 4,077
Buspirone - 4,054
Tri-Sprintec - 4,012
Methotrexate - 3,969
OxyContin - 3,967
Rhinocort - Aqua - 3,940
Benicar - HCT - 3,935
Terazosin - 3,918
Skelaxin - 3,880
Clotrimazole/Betamethasone - 3,850
Cialis - 3,847
Avalide - 3,818
Fexofenadine - 3,817
Ortho - Tri-Cyclen - 3,803
Bupropion - SR - 3,765
Benzonatate - 3,733
Patanol - 3,728
Quinine - 3,722
CartiaXT - 3,670
Humalog - 3,612
Paxil - CR - 3,609
Aviane - 3,534
Lanoxin - 3,516
Amphetamine - Mixed - Salts - 3,513
Famotidine - 3,490
Digoxin - 3,486
Levothroid - 3,450
Nifedipine - ER - 3,319
Nortriptyline - 3,314
Tussionex - 3,306
Nitroquick - 3,303
Phenytoin - 3,265
Endocet - 3,259
Etodolac - 3,258
Atenolol/Chlorthalidone - 3,256
Phentermine - 3,218
Tramadol - /Acetaminophen - 3,213
Tizanidine - 3,202
Zyrtec-D - 3,201
Depakote - ER - 3,200
Humulin - N - 3,190
Lithium - Carbonate - 3,169
Fosinopril - 3,155
Budeprion - SR - 3,137
Kariva - 3,128
Phenazopyridine - 3,078
Abilify - 3,050
Biaxin - XL - 3,036
Methocarbamol - 3,027
Trimox - 3,018
Phenobarbital - 2,981
Lunesta - 2,981
Prempro - 2,953
Avelox - 2,946
Spiriva - 2,938
Flovent - HFA - 2,915
Apri - 2,903
Hyoscyamine - 2,899
Captopril - 2,898
Inderal - LA - 2,898
Chlorhexidine - Gluconate - 2,893
Medroxyprogesterone - 2,893
Indomethacin - 2,859
Vigamox - 2,823
Nystatin - 2,809
Morphine - 2,803
Dicyclomine - 2,792
Trileptal - 2,750
Hydroxychloroquine - 2,744
Low-Ogestrel - 2,729
Tetracycline - 2,728
Ditropan - XL - 2,645
Dilantin - 2,637
Colchicine - 2,636
Trivora-28 - 2,630
NuvaRing - 2,619
Ketek - 2,608
THIS IS SPAM - PLEASE REPORT THIS POST - 2,606
Clobetasol - 2,603
Baclofen - 2,592
Ketoconazole - 2,571
Nitroglycerin - 2,563
Lescol - XL - 2,534
Necon - 1/35 - 2,529
Hydrocortisone - 2,525
Alphagan - P - 2,515
Cosopt - 2,506
Cefuroxime - 2,484
Mupirocin - 2,478
Elidel - 2,463
Clindamycin - (Topical) - 2,462
Vivelle-DOT - 2,449
Fluocinonide - 2,439
Proscar - 2,429
Prednisolone - 2,413
Cefzil - 2,411
Pulmicort - Respules - 2,406
Armour - Thyroid - 2,382
Labetalol - 2,358
Nystatin - (Topical) - 2,353
Lidoderm - 2,352
Tobradex - 2,343
Humulin - 70/30 - 2,338
Atacand - 2,316
Ultracet - 2,296
Augmentin - XR - 2,291
Carbamazepine - 2,284
THIS IS SPAM - PLEASE REPORT THIS POST/Ibuprofen - 2,282
Xopenex - 2,274
Diphenoxylate/Atropine - 2,264
Tamiflu - 2,251
Ovcon-35 - 2,250
Carbidopa/Levodopa - 2,237
Doxepin - 2,230
Namenda - 2,220
Oxybutynin - 2,216
Lamisil - 2,192
Astelin - 2,192
Naproxen - Sodium - 2,174
Hydroxyzine - (Paomate) - 2,164
Amiodarone - 2,155
Tamoxifen - 2,143
Piroxicam - 2,140
Benztropine - 2,131
Zelnorm - 2,127
Estrostep - Fe - 2,111
Promethazine - DM - 2,097
Amoxil - 2,094
Methadose - 2,084
Prometrium - 2,075
Diltiazem - SR - 2,045
NovoLog - 1,989
Levitra - 1,987
Sprintec - 1,970
Hycoclear - Tuss - 1,955
Flexeril - 1,951
Bactroban - 1,946
BenzaClin - 1,941
Miacalcin - 1,940
Methylphenidate - 1,939
 
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