• Jun 9, 2006

A recently-released study by the National Institute for Mental Health claims that five to seven percent of the population - perhaps up to 16 million Americans - suffers from Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED), or what could be colloquially referred to as "road rage syndrome".

Symptoms of IED include multiple bouts of anger that are out of proportion to the situation and which include a threat of violence or actual aggressive action towards a person or property. Said to be related to improper functioning of serotonin in the brain, the average age of onset is 14, with an average of 43 outbursts over one's lifetime. For what it's worth, we suffered from at least that many violent episodes while changing the head gasket on a GM Quad 4, but we're pretty sure that could have been addressed by dropping the car off at a junkyard instead of visiting a psychiatrist.

[Source: Yahoo!]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      #14, good idea. You should treat semis like #3 discussed exactly like cars. Please be sure to get in their way during difficult semi turns on surface roads. Please be especially sure to cut in front of semis right before a red light. That way you're treating them exactly like a car.

      Luckily Darwin's little theory won't treat you exactly like a non-foolish, non-inconsiderate, logical person with a basic concept of physics.
      • 8 Years Ago
      IED happens around the world as Culture Bound Syndromes. CBS's are instances of bizarre or disturbing behavior that are limited to ethnic groups. Amok is sudden violence in Malaysia, Going Postal is the CBS for violence in the United States.

      They are all linked by a little known problem of the physiology of sight that was discovered when it caused mental breaks for office workers. The cubicle solved that problem by 1968.

      These instances of violence happen aboard Russia space missions and in Polar scientific missions. The "special conditions" to allow exposure to Subliminal Distraction are the too-small living and working spaces.

      You can be exposed in incorrectly placed home computer workstations or small business offices with the same design problems.

      Read "Prevention" at the bottom of most site pages at VisionAndPsychosis.Net. Nothing is sold on this information site.

      http://visionandpsychosis.net/Astronauts_Insanity.htm


      http://visionandpsychosis.net/Culture_Bound_Syndromes.htm
      • 8 Years Ago
      hmmmm (#3),

      you say people have no respect for large vehicles, and i say they should respect all vehicles equally and no one should expect more respect just because their car is big or expensive. right there is what causes problems in the first place. hmmmm may not be like that, but the cause for a lot of road problems is a general sense of self-importance.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #15, good idea. You should treat semis like #3 discussed exactly like cars. Please be sure to get in their way during difficult semi turns on surface roads. Please be especially sure to cut in front of semis right before a red light. That way you're treating them exactly like a car.

      Luckily Darwin's little theory won't treat you exactly like a non-foolish, non-inconsiderate, logical person with a basic concept of physics.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #8 - Netboy didn't just equate homosexualility with serial murder. He just said it's not an mental illness, disorder or genetic pre-disposition.

      You aren't born homosexual anymore than you're born IED -- both "mental disorders" are a load of crap fed to us on a regular basis!

      American is a society of selfish victims wanting someone or something else to blame for their behaviors and problems.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Stupidity is the illness...road rage is the solution.
      • 8 Years Ago
      netboy, I was with you right up until you equated homosexuality with serial murder. (slaps forehead)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Road Rage is not a phenomenon anymore, it's an ugly rite of passage. One day, they'll ship BMW's with loaded .357's.

      Stoneman

      http://www.stonemanautoreview.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      Serotonin levels are a significant factor for people with bi-polar disorders and chronic depression. Having such an illness does not mean that individuals are not responsible for their actions. It amazes me when so many people are so quick to dismiss ideas when they obviously have no knowledge of the biology involved. Yes I have professional degrees in these areas. I believe the old saying It is better to be believed a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt applies here.
      • 8 Years Ago
      if "road rage" is a mental illness! then Child Predator or serial killer can also argue they have a mental illness too! So.. y is there no doctor developing drugs to cure child predator or serial killer?
      and if road rage is a mental illness, then child predator or serial killer should stay in mental hospital cus they have a mental illness and they need help!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Amen on changing head gaskets on a Quad 4...those motors are geat...when there running....who would've ever thought up the starter placement on those things needs shot!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just because they are now labeling it doesn't give a free ticket to anyone. It just means someone else get's to pick up the tab for your room & board at the nearest psycho-hotel (Nuts Inn?). :)
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