A number of factors increase your risk of developing intermittent explosive disorder:

  • History of substance abuse. People who abuse drugs or alcohol have an increased risk of intermittent explosive disorder.
  • History of physical abuse. People who were abused as children or experienced multiple traumatic events have an increased risk of intermittent explosive disorder.
  • Age. The start of intermittent explosive disorder most commonly occurs in people in their teens and 20s.
  • Being male. Men are more likely to have intermittent explosive disorder than women are.
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