Medical Edge: Study on Intermittent Explosive Disorder
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- It may be one of the biggest breakthrough's yet in treating someone who may need anger management. Researchers at the Lindner Center of Hope in Mason were the first in the country to test a new pill to stop what's called intermittent explosive disorder or IED. Doctor Susan McElroy told Local 12 it's characterized by the symptoms like aggressive urges, tension, a rush when a person acts on that tension and then depression and remorse that follows. Dr.McElroy, a psychiatrist, said, They talk about feeling trapped. There's tension with all of these impulses and feelings and snap the person has then explodes, has the rage outburst. The outbursts might include hitting a wall, or using horrible language. It lasts for usually 10-30 minutes and afterward, They are incredibly upset that they cannot control these rage outbursts, said Dr. McElroy. Experts said IED was a true clinical disorder. They did laboratory studies and discovered that there's a part of the brain that was altered in people who appeared to have the angry outbursts. That part of the brain was responsible for what's called vasopressin. Vasopressin is a hormone produced in the brain thats very important in social behavior including impulsive aggression. The good news; there's a pill that might help treat IED. Dr. McElroy's team is now enrolling patients in a clinical trial to help test it. The team said people should call or refer someone if they notice a lot of anger, too extreme to match the situation. If you would like to find out more about this study you can call 513-536-0710. The study lasts 13 weeks and the pill is compared to a placebo. Follow Liz Bonis on Twitter @lbonis1, and LIKE her on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates!