Is Road Rage A Psychiatric Disorder?
Posted by Nick Niesen on October 27th, 2010
Recent headline: ?Road Rage may be due to medical condition called Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED)?
WHAT IS THE SCIENCE BEHIND THIS?
Results? About 5 percent to 7 percent 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.
The average number of lifetime attacks per person was 43, resulting in $1,359 in property damage per person. About 4 percent had suffered recent attacks.
IS IT REAL?
Take the two following headline which were published recently:
Date: June 10, 2006. City: Indianapolis, Indiana.
News Item #2: ?Man, 21, charged in road rage shooting.?
Are all cases like this due to Intermittent Explosive Disorder? Very Unlikely! Some are and some are not. This is why it is important to have a professional assessment of each case of ?road rage? to determine the underlying cause, such as IED ? or some other problem.
Other causes that could come into play would include: alcohol or drug intoxication, stress, depression or bipolar disorder and, of course, bad, selfish or inconsiderate behavior.
ROAD RAGE VS AGGRESSIVE DRIVING
IED SEEN IN OTHER LIFE AREAS
REMEDIES FOR ROAD RAGE
The medications usually involve SSRIs (a type of anti-depressant). In my opinion, most people who show rage on the road do not need medication, but some do and will benefit greatly from them.
Cognitive Training means learning to think differently about driving, aggression on the road, and other drivers. Cognitive training is an important element in many anger management programs, which a few states now require for ?road rage? behavior and/or aggressive driving.
In our anger management classes and programs, we teach specific cognitive and behavior skills to control aggressive, inconsiderate, and dangerous driving behaviors. These skill include:
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