Uncontrollable anger prevalent among US youth: Almost two-thirds have history of anger attacks

Monday, July 2, 2012 - 19:00 in Health & Medicine

Nearly two-thirds of US adolescents have experienced an anger attack in their lives that involved threatening violence or violent behavior. These severe attacks of uncontrollable anger are much more common among adolescents than previously recognized. Nearly one in 12 adolescents -- close to six million young people -- meet criteria for a diagnosis of Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED), a syndrome characterized by persistent uncontrollable anger attacks not accounted for by other mental disorders.

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