Road rage is a common cause of vehicular accidents. While it’s an attitude that goes against the proper etiquette of driving, having an isolated case may not actually ruin your driving record and cause you to pay more in car insurance premiums. Did you know that anyone who constantly gets into trouble while on the road may be seen as a high-risk driver and therefore requires high-risk coverage.
A study that was published by the Archives of General Psychiatry suggests that road rage is a symptom of some psychological disorders. The most commonly known condition is Intermittent Explosive Disorder.
Intermittent explosive disorder explained
Intermittent explosive disorder or IED is a condition that causes an individual to be extremely agitated when faced with a highly stressful situation. The response of an IED patient is disproportionate and somehow exaggerated compared to the incident itself. Doctors believe that this condition is related to insufficient production of serotonin in the brain.
When people lack this “happy chemical”, controlling one’s emotions becomes difficult. Being stuck in heavy traffic is one of the many situations that cause high amounts of stress. However, as their episodes subside and patients start to calm down, they feel regret for having an outburst.
Symptoms of intermittent explosive disorder typically begin during the early adolescence or late childhood period. Teenagers who seemingly overreact in usual situations are believed to be one reason why IED was not immediately recognized as a known medical condition. Psychiatrists reported that patients with IED have at least one episode of a violent outburst during the adolescent years.
Road rage and IED
While IED patients are expected to have road rage at one point or another, not all road rage cases are caused by IED. Isolated cases are proven to have no connection to the individual’s brain chemistry. A person who must have had a really bad day while at work or someone who had an argument with his girlfriend might also experience road rage.