Are you suffering from: Intermittent Explosive Disorder

Every office has one: the door-slamming hot-head whose secretary is always in tears.

by Helen Kirwan-Taylor, helen@kirwantaylor.com
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

One minute he's all smiles, and the next he's pointing his BlackBerry directly at your head. Intermittent Explosive Disorder is often diagnosed when the aggression is much more dramatic than the incident that provoked it. Sufferers don't moderate their annoyance but go from nought to 100 in less time than it took to say 'Sorry, couldn't finish the project'. There's often assault and a destructive component, evidenced by the state of the office furniture. Few wish to work for someone with Intermittent Explosive Disorder, yet victims are surprisingly apt at getting up the greasy pole, because everyone fears their temper. No-one wants to be the idiot who said: 'Now, now, settle down.' Treatment is best left to the men in white coats who carry pills with them. The problem is: as soon as they arrive, the sufferer is all smiles again.

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