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Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED).

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in response to reader comment: Intermittent, not sudden

Submitted by Yaser Jahangiri (United Kingdom), Sep 26, 2006 at 06:50

As a psychologist I think Dr. Pipes is insightful by identifying "sudden Jihad syndrome" in the article below. The Psychiatric profession has a formal diagnosis for such behavior. It is called Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED). This condition requires aggressive/assaultive behavior disproportionate (a popular word lately) to the psychosocial stressors facing the individual and not better explained by another mental disorder. Unemployed/financially stressed individuals with another psychiatric diagnosis would probably not qualify for a diagnosis of IED.

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