Numbers Don't Lie

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Road rage = intermittent explosive disorder

People think road rage is bad behavior and that you just need an attitude adjustment, but what they don't know is that there's a biology and cognitive science to this. Doctors now have another name for it - intermittent explosive disorder. Road rage, temper outbursts that involve throwing or breaking objects and even spousal abuse can sometimes be attributed to the disorder. According to a recent study, about 5% - 7% of the nationally representative sample had had the disorder, which would equal up to 16 million Americans. That is higher than better-known mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Source: Archives of General Psychiatry, June, 2006.



Blogger Forty_Two said...

And to think that I used to believe that being an asshole was a choice. Now I feel enlightened to learn that being an asshole, particularly an alpha male wannabe asshole is caused by a mental disorder.

Poor babies.

6:59 PM

Blogger PerilousPierre said...

I was enjoying your comments until you mentioned Americans. Presumably you think that statistics do not apply to those of us who live in that little place just around the corner from you (called the rest of the world, not your own backyard). Or maybe Americans are genetically coded to be blind to everyone else. I feel sure you will have some all american statistic on that subject!

6:41 PM

Blogger byron said...

Have you ever experienced blog rage? Scary.

7:44 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever. TIME is of the essence.

8:07 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are three types of people in the world: those who understand statistics and those who don't.

2:59 AM

Blogger BxCapricorn said...

I enjoyed this piece. I've lived in many of the nation's "road rage capitals" and seen this behavior overseas. My friends and I call it "poor impulse control" or going "blood simple". I don't agree with it being "genetic" but there is that factor. Environment plays a big part. Everyone has a threshold, and under the right conditions, the average person will "lose it". You see it every day. It's called the Evening News.

10:16 AM


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