Thursday, March 6, 2014

Acronyms in Tandem

It strikes me a bit odd that psychiatry uses the term "intermittent explosive disorder" to describe people with "extreme expressions of anger, often to the point of uncontrollable rage, that are disproportionate to the situation at hand" (source).

This is a common disorder among soldiers and combat veterans, occurring at five times the rate of the population as a whole:

The condition, combined with other stresses from deployment, may be the cause of the increase in suicides among active-duty soldiers.

Did no one notice the acronym -- IED -- is shared with another killer of soldiers, the improvised explosive device? Or maybe they thought it was appropriate that IED results from exposure to IEDs.

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