According to a Harvard study, this disorder, also called Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED), is found to be more prevalent than was previously thought. With research increasingly linking prolonged anger and depression to each other, this study holds even higher significance.
Those who are subjected to it respond to situations with
inappropriately high levels of fury. The rage is experienced as a sudden
surge, and is typically not premeditated.
Of the nearly 10,000 US adults surveyed, more than 7% of them admitted to having at least 3 episodes of such high temper in their lifetime, while nearly 4% admitted to having 3 episodes in the past one year.
The incidence is said to be higher in young adults less than 25 years age.
Research on this subject is still in its infancy and not much is known as to why this occurs. Possible treatment options include medications that reduce anger, as none that address the underlying cause of such anger are available, yet.
Psychotherapy that focuses on analyzing the root cause of our anger, and inculcating skills for proactively finding ways to control anger in a better fashion, are also other possible treatment options.