What is it about?

Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) is a mental illness characterized by recurrent aggressive outbursts. It is a highly impairing disorder and in need of effective treatments. Many factors affect how various people respond to psychotherapies, including demographic, motivational, comorbidity, and illness severity-related factors. We evaluated a cognitive-behavioral therapy to see how these different types of factors may affect how much people diagnosed with IED benefit from a treatment called cognitive behavioral therapy.

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Why is it important?

The findings from this study show that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be an effective treatment for many people diagnosed with intermittent explosive disorder (IED). We show that common treatment barriers (e.g., comorbid mental illnesses, low motivation to change) did not affect how people with IED benefit from CBT. However, people exhibiting higher trait anger may require additional support to maximize treatment benefit.


I hope the findings of this study reach clinicians all around the world about how to best help people suffering with Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED), despite what they may view as difficult-to-treat due to common treatment barriers (e.g., psychiatric comorbidity, low motivation). I also hope that this study can provide encouragement to people diagnosed with IED and their loved ones, that there are known effective treatments for the condition and it is possible to get help.

Nicole Ciesinski
Temple University

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This page is a summary of: Predictors of treatment outcome in cognitive behavioral therapy for intermittent explosive disorder: A preliminary analysis., Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, October 2023, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/ccp0000858.
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