The author states: “At the risk of stating the obvious, what psychiatrists call “intermittent explosive disorder” is not an illness in any ordinary sense of the term. There are rare instances where brain damage can precipitate episodes of extreme anger, and these should indeed be considered illnesses. But in the vast majority of temper tantrums, there is no neural pathology, but rather the simple fact that the individual hasn’t acquired the habit of controlling his/her temper. To previous generations, the need to train/school children in this regard was considered a self-evident part of normal child-rearing.” Gross mischaracterizations! First of all, we don’t know that individuals with explosive rage and mood regulation issues do NOT have altered brain structure, which either causes or is a RESULT of trauma or other environmental influences. Second, it is outrageous to suggest such an individual simply “hasn’t acquired the habit of controlling his temper” as part of “normal child rearing.” Individuals with with markedly poor care during childhood (neglect, abuse) and other trauma during childhood often experience difficulties with mood regulation! I can’t believe you are equating this to failure of mom & dad to “teach” someone to control their temper–as if that is something that could even be “taught.” I don’t deny your allegations regarding links between the codification of these “conditions” and Big Pharma’s attempts to make money by treating them, but I urge you not to be dismissive of the significant pain these clients and families are experiencing, or to imply that lax childrearing practices are at fault.