Angry Boys

  Researchers from Harvard Medical School found that almost 8% of adolescents experienced bursts of anger extreme enough to warrant a diagnosis of “intermittent explosive disorder,” an adolescent mental illness.

     According to a recent study, 1 in 12 teens cross the line between normal teen angst and explosive disorder.  Researchers from Harvard Medical School found that almost 8% of adolescents experienced bursts of anger extreme enough to warrant a diagnosis of “intermittent explosive disorder,” an adolescent mental illness.  Researchers say the results warn of a “highly prevalent and seriously impairing disorder,” according to the study, published Monday in the Archives of General Psychiatry.
     It’s also twice as common in boys, and nearly two-thirds of adolescents said that at some point in their life they had gotten so angry they destroyed things, threatened violence or became violent.  Now, some mental health experts are fighting against including anger – classifying it as a mental illness, and thus – not putting it into the new edition of the DSM. Why? Book getting too big? Who is lobbying against labeling this so psychiatrists and psychologists have a baseline of study and treatment at their disposal? The study’s author, Katie McLaughlin told CNN. “We know not that much about the course of the disorder,”"Which kids grow out of it and which kids don’t?”
     Kids grow up to be adolescents, and then adults. If we can track this, and possibly head it off before it becomes ingrained into a full blown personality disorder, maybe the vampires, family killers, school snipers, and legions of psychotics can be at least shaved down. There is no argument – no other side of the coin here that I can make out. Psychiatry is confidential in fact, so confidential it survives death. Records remain sealed, even after the patient’s death, so no one’s going to blab the diagnosis, and ruin the kid’s life…if that is the fear.
     We owe it to society, and certainly to the young kids who – for reasons none of us understand yet, have no clue as to what is going on inside their heads.