According to Wikipedia, behavioral disorder characterized by explosive outbursts of anger and violence, often to the point of rage, that are disproportionate to the situation at hand is called intermittent explosive disorder (IED). Under IED are some of the common mental disorders responsible for social misfits. Here is a guide to help recognize and manage different explosive emotions associated with this disease.

Emotions are hard to keep. In fact, they are meant to be expressed and felt. However, some people can’t take control of their emotions; be it anxiety, anger, fear or depression. Not all individuals can take control of emotions calmly and professionally. Some people easily burst into tears or laughter even at the slightest reason. These individuals either know what is going on in their head or body and can’t control it, or they may not be aware of what’s happening around them.

We should understand that there may be clinical or personal reasons why these individuals have emotional outbursts. Uncontrollable emotions of people especially around others should be corrected to avoid getting hurt. Not everybody can understand and know the real reason why certain individuals have public meltdown.

Persons with multiple sclerosis (MS) often have these symptoms. Outburst of these patients can be caused by the said disease or by side effects of its medication. Psychologically, patients with MS are depressed just at the thought of being sick. This reason and many other medical conditions and mental disorders can cause uncontrollable outbursts that can be unexpected and quick.

Another reason is hormonal change in perimenopausal women. These women may look okay, but deep inside, they feel warm, uncomfortable and sick. Emotionally and physically, they feel bad and insecure. They need comfort and assurance from others and most of all, perimenopausal women need understanding to avoid depression. Women often need assurance that they look good and that they are loved.

But the most common reason for uncontrollable outburst is stress. Some people are not good at keeping secrets and handling emotions. Nobody knows what goes on in a stranger’s mind and heart. At first glance, they look great and perfect. Suddenly, they freak out for no reason at all. It would be best to ask that person if he or she is okay. That way, the said person will calm down and answer this question. This is his/her chance to explain her side. Let us bear in mind that persons have feelings and for every outburst they make, there is a hidden reason for that. Professional advice is what we can give them. We can ask “Do you need help?” or “Would you like to talk it over?” Communication is key to understanding. If the said person does not calm down at your questions, stop talking. Listen to what he has to say, or observe what he is going to do. Never agitate this person. Let him take deep breaths

If you know this person very well, the triggers and usual reasons for the outrage should be avoided. Avoid arguments but don’t let that person get in his way to avoid habitual occurrence. Never ride on with his anger. Remind that person that you are in charge of everything and that getting into misfit will surely harm him. Always ask for signs and triggers. This way, we can divert his attention to some other things. Show respect and remind that person that he deserves to be happy.

It is difficult to deal with an IED patient, but with constant guidance and professional help, it will surely help him mellow down.

But what if you, yourself have the same problem? Make a long checklist. Identify the triggers. Exercise. Eat the right food and don’t starve. Try counting one to ten before you leap. Remind yourself that not all can understand and cope up with your outbursts. Lastly, seek professional help if physical violence is already involved and you got in trouble at work and with the law.

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