USA Today, June 6, 2006: ‘Road rage’ disease affects as many as 16 million Americans, study says
So now, the idiot who’s tailgating you, honking his horn, flipping you off, and trying to run you off the road is off the hook for his own behavior. Intermittant Explosive Disorder (IED).
According to the article, 16 million people could suffer from this illness. Otherwise calm and placid individuals suddenly explode into a fits of rage when under stress. And what could be more stressful than driving?
The article says, “Dr. Emil Coccaro, chairman of psychiatry at the University of Chicago’s medical school said the disorder involves inadequate production or functioning of serotonin, a mood-regulating and behavior-inhibiting brain chemical. Treatment with antidepressants, including those that target serotonin receptors in the brain, is often helpful, along with behavior therapy akin to anger management.”
So now a driver with road rage can take a “chill pill” and some behavior modification and be treated. That means there’s a chemical portion to this “disease” and a choice portion. Imagine that, folks can choose to not fly into a rage when something disagrees with them. At least now there’s hope for some of these road ragers.
How many people that have displayed road rage actually have IED, do you think? Sure, some may have the disease, but I’m betting the vast majority of those displaying road rage are just openings at the end of the alimentary canal through which solid waste matter leaves the body.
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