People with intermittent explosive disorder have an increased risk of:

  • Self-harm. They don't always direct their anger at others. They're at significantly increased risk of harming themselves, either with intentional injuries or suicide attempts. Those who are also addicted to drugs or have another serious mental disorder, such as depression, are at greatest risk of harming themselves.
  • Impaired interpersonal relationships. They're often perceived by others as always being angry. This can lead to relationship problems, divorce and family stress.
  • Trouble at work, home or school. Other complications of intermittent explosive disorder may include job loss, school suspension, auto accidents, financial problems or trouble with the law.
Sept. 18, 2012