Randy Orton and IED: The facts

Randy Orton and IED: The facts

Monday night on Raw, Randy Orton admitted that he suffers from Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED). To some, Orton's actions two weeks ago -- punting a returning Mr. McMahon in the head, may be normal temperament for the Legend Killer. However, his condition is medically recognized by journals across the globe. (WATCH | PHOTOS)

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the official reference book for doctors, psychiatrists and health professionals, the criteria for IED includes the "occurrence of episodes of failure to resist aggressive impulses that result in violent assault or destruction of property."

In research published on the Mayo Clinic's Web site, the disorder mostly occurs in young men, and could affect as many as one in 14 U.S. adults. These statistics give credence to his clinically diagnosed, albeit unsettling actions against Mr. McMahon.

Whether or not working with his therapist will help Orton overcome and control his disorder remains to be seen on Raw, and as he heads into a Championship Match opportunity at the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania.

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