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Cross sectional study.
General population, US; recruitment February 2001 to April 2003.
9282 people taking part in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Exclusions: <18 years old; or diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
A fully structured diagnostic interview was carried out to assess participants for anxiety disorders, mood disorders, substance disorders, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and intermittent explosive disorder (IED). Lifetime IED was defined as three or more anger attacks that resulted in serious assault or destruction of property. Twelve-month prevalence was defined as three lifetime attacks and at least one attack in the last month. …
For correspondence: Ronald C Kessler, PhD, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, 180 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA;
Sources of funding: National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and John W Alden Trust, USA.
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