Tests and diagnosis

By Mayo Clinic Staff

To determine a diagnosis of intermittent explosive disorder and eliminate other physical conditions or mental health disorders that may be causing your symptoms, expect your doctor to do a:

  • Physical exam. Your doctor will try to rule out physical problems or substance use that could cause your symptoms. Your exam may include lab tests.
  • Psychological evaluation. Your doctor or mental health provider will talk to you about your symptoms, thoughts, feelings and behavior patterns.
  • DSM-5. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association, is often used by mental health providers to diagnose mental conditions and by insurance companies to reimburse for treatment.
Aug. 25, 2015