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Intermittent Explosive Disorder

  1. Michael McCloskey,
  2. Kurt L. Noblett,
  3. Edward J. Hines,
  4. Emil R. Coccaro

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0455

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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McCloskey, M., Noblett, K. L., Hines, E. J. and Coccaro, E. R. 2010. Intermittent Explosive Disorder. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. University of Chicago

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is a psychiatric diagnosis used to identify individuals who are repeatedly unable to resist angry and aggressive impulses and, as a result, engage in recurrent acts of aggression. As such, IED is the only adult psychiatric disorder for which impulsive aggression is pathognomonic.


  • disorder;
  • aggression;
  • psychopathology;
  • anger