Treatment for Intermittent Explosive Disorder

There can be any number of emotional struggles that individuals face each day. For some people, however, such emotional ups and downs can be too much for them to cope with in a healthy way. When this is the case, the way in which emotional dysregulation is handled may be through behavioral outbursts. Individuals who respond in this manner could potentially be suffering from intermittent explosive disorder. Also known as IED, this mental health condition is characterized by repeated episodes of impulse, angry, aggressive, and, sometimes even violent, behaviors. Additionally, these people may lash out verbally. The behaviors associated with IED often result in the harm of others, the harm of animals, and/or the destruction of property. While the presence of this mental health condition can wreak havoc in a person’s life, there are treatment options available that can help individuals overcome their detrimental symptoms. At Harbor Oaks Hospital, we understand how disruptive IED can be in a person’s life, which is why we are pleased to offer superior treatment for those who wish to overcome the challenges brought on by this disorder. Our exceptional programming is geared towards identifying and treating symptoms of IED so those afflicted with such an illness can achieve the healed life they deserve.

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Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment

Having a friend, child, spouse, parent, or other loved one who is struggling with the symptoms of intermittent explosive disorder can leave an individual feeling helpless as to what can be done to assist the person he or she cares for in putting an end to their destructive behaviors. While it can be emotionally distressing to confront your loved one about his or her need for treatment, it is an imperative step in helping him or her recover. Consider the following:

  • Educate yourself on intermittent explosive disorder so that you can gain a better understanding of what your loved one is going through.
  • Refrain from judging your loved one’s behaviors. Instead, come to accept that he or she does not have full control over how he or she behaves. The behaviors are the result of an illness.
  • Provide your loved one with time to talk about how he or she feels, the things that trouble him or her, and his or her thoughts on getting treatment.
  • Research treatment options that may best be able to meet your loved one’s needs.
  • Offer to go with your loved one to any appointments that are scheduled while researching potential treatment options.
  • Ensure your loved one that he or she has your unconditional support.
  • Be an active part of your loved one’s therapeutic process.

Why Consider Treatment at Harbor Oaks Hospital

The presence of intermittent explosive disorder can cause countless problems to arise in an individual’s life. Youth who struggle with IED may find themselves incapable of succeeding academically and may face repeated disciplinary action in the academic setting as a result of their behaviors. Similarly, adults may struggle to perform adequately in an occupational setting, potentially leading to unemployment. Relationships can become disturbed, regardless of a person’s age, as a direct result of the misbehaving and maltreatment that ensue when IED is present. Furthermore, the longer that the symptoms of IED are allowed to persist, the more likely it is that individuals will begin engaging in criminal activity that will subsequently cause them to face interaction with the legal system. Fortunately, these detrimental consequences can be successfully avoided when appropriate treatment interventions are implemented.

If you feel that you are in crisis, or are having thoughts about hurting yourself or others, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

Types of Treatment Offered at Harbor Oaks Hospital

Harbor Oaks Hospital, an exemplary provider of mental health and chemical dependency treatment, is pleased to offer a number of treatment options designed to help children, adolescents, adults, and older adults realize their capacity to change and overcome the behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and substance abuse concerns that plague them. As an acute care hospital, we employ a number of therapeutic interventions that fulfill our mission to provide holistic treatment that cares for the whole person. The programming featured at Harbor Oaks incorporates didactic behavioral therapy, The Hazelden Curriculum, the 12-step model for care, and motivational interviewing into the techniques woven into the therapeutic experience of treating intermittent explosive disorder. Our caring staff administers this treatment with the utmost compassion and respect for all who are entrusted into our care so that true healing and recovery from IED can be achieved.

At Harbor Oaks Hospital, we operate under the unified goal of providing each patient with individualized care so that the most favorable treatment outcomes are the result. In order to achieve this goal, we supply the following treatment methods, of which have proven effectiveness in improving the lives of those who come to our superior hospital to receive treatment for IED:

Medically-monitored detox services: For adults who have developed a physical dependence on drugs and/or alcohol in addition to the presence of IED symptoms, medically-monitored detox is often the first line of defense in helping these individuals become sober and being the process of recovery. Our staff of highly-trained and experienced physicians and nurses supervise patients as they go through the process of withdrawal so as to minimize the risks involved. Within these services, certain medications may be administered to make withdrawal as comfortable as possible so that the therapeutic process can begin once an individual’s body is rid of the harmful substances that led to his or her addiction.

Medication management: In some instances, certain psychotropic medications may be implemented as one aspect of a patient’s overall treatment plan in order to assist in alleviating the distressing symptoms of IED. The need and implementation of such medications, however, is determined on a case-by-case basis. Individuals engaged in Harbor Oak’s innovative programming can meet with one of our onsite psychiatrists who can determine if medication is needed, monitor an individual once a medication regimen has begun, and make adjustments to any medication prescribed so as to garner the most favorable outcomes for each patient.

Individual therapy: Depending on the program, patients at Harbor Oaks can partake in one-on-one therapy sessions with a mental health professional. Within these sessions, patients can process their emotions regarding their progress in overcoming the symptoms of IED, discuss any concerns that should arise during the course of treatment, and work through inner turmoil within the confines of a confidential, therapeutic relationship.

Group therapy: Therapy administered in a group format is an integral part of the treatment offered for intermittent explosive disorder at Harbor Oaks Hospital. These groups are led by qualified mental health professionals and afford patients the opportunity to find additional support from others who have endured similar struggles. The following topics are covered in the myriad of groups offered at Harbor Oaks:

  • The importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • Mental illness education
  • Medication education
  • Substance abuse education
  • DBT-informed skills
  • Alcoholic Anonymous
  • Narcotics Anonymous

Family meetings and education: At Harbor Oaks, we believe that family support and involvement can increase a person’s chances for achieving lasting healing and recovery from intermittent explosive disorder. Because of this belief, we facilitate family meetings between patients and their families to discuss the therapeutic process, discharge planning, and methods for improving relationships within the family unit. We also supply education opportunities for family members so that those closest to our patients can learn more about mental health disorders, including IED, and addiction.      

Activity therapy: Depending on the program, patients at Harbor Oaks may engage in a variety of activity therapies. These therapies are implemented into a patient’s treatment in order to meet the varying needs of those entrusted into our care. The following activity therapies are those that are featured within our programming:

  • Gym
  • Art therapy
  • Pet therapy with dogs

An individualized treatment plan is created for each and every patient at Harbor Oaks. The previously mentioned therapies may or may not be part of a patient’s care as these plans are tailored to meet the specific and unique needs of those who partake in the exceptional treatment offered at Harbor Oaks Hospital.

Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment

In order to ensure that our patients are successful after completing inpatient treatment, the staff at Harbor Oaks Hospital begins discharge planning from the moment an individual embarks on the therapeutic process for the treatment of IED. These plans can include safety plans and referrals for services so that any positive strides made while at Harbor Oaks are continued and built upon.

At Harbor Oaks, we conduct an ongoing assessment of each patient’s needs in order to determine the most appropriate course of action once a person completes a level of care. Regardless of the program, we diligently work to ensure that every patient will receive the all-encompassing care needed to continue the healing and recovery process. In order to achieve this mission, Harbor Oaks Hospital supplies a number of less intensive treatment options for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Our mental health partial hospitalization programs and adult chemical dependency intensive outpatient program are designed to meet the needs of those who do not require or no longer need the stabilization offered in an inpatient treatment setting.

If you or a loved one is in need of specialized care that is geared towards helping people with intermittent explosive disorder overcome their symptoms and live happy, healthy lives, let Harbor Oaks Hospital be your preferred provider of superior behavioral healthcare.

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