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Study: Millions May Have Rage Disorder

Up to 16 Million U.S. Adults May Have Ever Had 'Intermittent Explosive Disorder'

Rage Rarely Treated?

Most people with the rage disorder -- about 60% -- eventually got professional treatment for emotional or substance abuse problems, the study shows.

That finding may mean that intermittent explosive disorder eventually leads to other mental illnesses or substance abuse.

The survey also shows that fewer than three in 10 participants with intermittent explosive disorder had ever received treatment for their anger, the researchers note.

Intermittent explosive disorder may be a “promising target for early detection, outreach, and treatment,” write Kessler and colleagues. They add that, given the condition’s early start, “early detection might well be an important addition to ongoing school-based violence prevention programs.”

The journal notes that the study was funded in part by the drug companies Eli Lilly and Company, GlaxoSmithKline, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Inc.

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