Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Now called IED

In a campaign to make the Deeds of the Flesh of Galatians 5:19-21 more relevant, "outbursts of anger" (NASB) will now be known as intermittent explosive disorder, or IED:
One in 20 Americans may be susceptible to uncontrollable anger attacks in which they lash out in road rage, spousal abuse or other severe transgressions that are totally unjustified, researchers from Harvard and the University of Chicago have found.

Their nationwide study found that the condition called intermittent explosive disorder, or IED, is not the rare occurrence that psychiatrists had previously thought. Four to five percent of people in the study were found to have physically assaulted someone, threatened bodily harm or destroyed property in a rage an average of five times a year.

Intermittent explosive disorder is different from the common type of anger most people exhibit from time to time when they pout, throw a book down or walk out of a room, activities that are better described as mild temper tantrums. IED is defined as repeated and uncontrollable anger attacks that often become violent.

"Our new study suggests IED is really out there and that a lot of people have it," Dr. Emil Coccaro, the U. of C.'s chief of psychiatry. "That's the first step for the public to actually get treated for it, because if you don't think it's really a disorder, you're never going to get treated for it."

Coccaro was the first to show, through a preliminary 2004 study, that IED might be an unrecognized major mental health problem. He also pioneered therapy designed to treat the disorder involving anti-depressants (of the serotonin reuptake inhibitor class), mood disorder medications like lithium and cognitive therapy.

Known therapy also includes the Fruit of the Spirit.


Tracy P. said...

When people write garbage like this it really burns me up. I'd write more but I have the sudden urge to destroy my keyboard.

ELAshley said...

I work for a CBS Affiliate in Dothan, AL and just about busted a gut laughing at CBS' report of road rage's upgrade to IED status. It's just plain silly.

I might be a bit jaded from my years in the control room, but I couldn't help but think of this as a deflection of attention from the variety our soldiers face overseas, much the same as Kimberly Dozier's upclose and personal experience with an iraqi IED on Memorial Day. I don't harbor ill will toward Miss Dozier-- quite the contrary. But all I heard from network was Miss Dozier's unfortunate mishap (along with the following factoid: 71 journalists have lost their lives since the beginning of this administrations War on Terrror) on a day we celebrate the sacrifice of American soldiers.

Deflection or not, she earned her Purple Heart. Question is, will we be handing those out to the victims of this new brand of IED as well?