Mental health research has concentrated on such problems as depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, panic attacks and substance abuse. Instead of being considered a mental health problem, anger was thought to be a matter of willpower. But new brain imaging studies show that people with IED have abnormal brain signaling in areas that control anger responses, Coccaro said. When people with rage disorder are shown pictures of people with angry faces, their amygdala lights up far more than is seen in healthy subjects. The amygdala, deep in the center of the brain, governs emotional responses to threats.
How ironic that this new disorder shares an acronym with the Iraqi roadside booby trap known as an "IED."
How long before we see IED used as a defense in a murder trial, or simply listed among the many protected maladies in the Americans with Disabilities Act?