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EDITORIAL ROAD RAGE DISEASE OR IS IT JUST A BAD CASE OF RUDENESS?

ANGRY drivers who menace others on the road might not merely be displaying childish outbursts, according to mental health experts.

In fact, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, it turns out those poor drivers aren't to blame for their violent actions behind the wheel. They are actually suffering from a disorder and have no control.

Intermittent explosive disorder, or IED, apparently affects as many as 15 million Americans and is marked by episodes of unwarranted behavior. In motoring situations, this manifests itself in episodes of road rage.

Now social incivility is a condition?

There may be some drivers with legitimate uncontrollable anger on the roads. But we suspect that by and large, despite the scholarly research by the NIMH, the road-rage incidents really stem from a combination of stressful driving conditions and a bad case of rudeness in an increasingly unmannered and mean-spirited society. Is there a pill for that?
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Date:Jun 8, 2006
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