Is road rage an illness?

Psychologist Dr Jacques van Zyl says road rage should be categorised as an illness because it's different from other forms of anger.

Van Zyl told John Robbie that it is a continuum of behaviour that starts with normal anger but then expresses itself on the road as an uncontrollable rage.

Because it expresses itself on the road specifically, and the road is stressful, it can be categorised as separate.

Dr Jacques van Zyl

Somewhere there is a defect in personality which makes it an illness and people need to seek psychiatric treatment.

Dr Jacques van Zyl

Van Zyl said this should not be used as an excuse and said repeat offenders probably suffer from Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED).

It has to do with lower serotonin levels... this is neuro chemically based.

Dr Jacques van Zyl

He told John Robbie that the stress levels on the roads caused by congestion, especially in Gauteng, creates a pressure-cooker and that's an incident waiting to happen. Listen here:


This article first appeared on 702 : Is road rage an illness?


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