As the English phrase "running amok" implies, the syndrome is characterized by sudden outbursts of indiscriminate aggression or murderous rage that are completely unprovoked or that are triggered by trivial slights.
With regard to gender, 80 percent of individuals diagnosed with IED in the United States are adolescent and adult males; amok is a syndrome that almost always involves males.
The children were running amok when their teacher stepped away from the classroom.
Police officers from the neighboring city were called in to restore order after rioters ran amok in the streets.
The fans were described as running amok because they stopped traffic throughout the downtown area after their team won.