Intermittent Explosive Disorder Treatment & Therapy

Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is a condition in which individuals struggle to control aggressive impulses. When people have IED, they will act out in repeated episodes of angry, aggressive, impulsive, and often violent behavior. Additionally, they may explode in verbal outbursts which are extremely out of proportion to the circumstances that led to the outburst. When someone has intermittent explosive disorder, they will often attack other people, harm animals, or destroy the property of others. For these people, once the outburst has occurred, they begin to feel a sense of shame, regret, and embarrassment about the way that they behaved. This shame can lead to the lowering of one’s self-esteem, resulting in a sense of self-hatred, which can, in turn, potentially lead to further impulsive outbursts. Although the impulsivity of IED can be extremely difficult to overcome, it is possible. The staff at StoneCrest wants to help you regain control of your actions, develop coping skills to help you fight against negative thought patterns that lead to aggressive outbursts, and move forward towards living the happy, healthy life you deserve to live.

Located in Detroit, Michigan, StoneCrest Center is a 124-bed acute psychiatric inpatient treatment center for adolescents, adults, and senior adults who are in need of specialized behavioral healthcare services. With a vision to remain an ever-improving care center, we strive to redefine the way that mental health treatment is delivered. By focusing on reintegrating patients back into the community by increasing communication skills, problem-solving skills, coping skills, and enhancing their self-esteem, our compassionate staff is committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for those who entrust us with their care. With our state-of-the-art sensory room, we are the only treatment center in the state that is also able to provide specialized services for individuals with developmental disabilities. If you are struggling with the destructive symptoms of intermittent explosive disorder, the staff at StoneCrest wants to show you that you can overcome your impulses and move forward towards living the happy, healthy life that you deserve to live.

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Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment

Having a family member or loved one who is displaying the signs of intermittent explosive disorder can lead to extreme emotional distress. You may feel frustrated at your loved one’s inability to control his or her behaviors, angry at the damage that his or her behaviors have caused, and frightened as to what behaviors will next present themselves. Despite knowing that your loved one needs help, you might feel fearful as to how he or she will react when the idea of getting treatment is mentioned. While this feeling of fear is understandable, it is imperative that you do not allow it to override your desire to step in and get your loved one the help that he or she needs. Here are some things to keep in mind when approaching your loved one:

  • Learn about intermittent explosive disorder. The more knowledge you have, the more helpful you can be.
  • Anticipate that your loved one will initially respond with anger, spite, hostility, and defensiveness. Being prepared for such a reaction will help you to remain calm when faced with it.
  • Refrain from judging your loved one; try and remember that the symptoms he or she is exhibiting is indicative of a disease, not a choice.
  • Do not lecture your loved one about the negative ramifications of his or her behaviors. He or she is already aware of what consequences can possibly occur and being confronted by someone else regarding those consequences will likely only make him or her defensive.
  • Do not minimize your loved one’s feelings.
  • Research treatment options that may best meet your loved one’s needs and review them with him or her. Offer to go with your loved one to any appointments that are scheduled.
  • Offer you unconditional support throughout the entire treatment process.

Why Consider Treatment at StoneCrest Center

Individuals with intermittent explosive disorder will commonly experience great disturbances within many, if not all, areas of their lives. Children and adolescents who have IED may face suspension or expulsion from school as a result of repeated defiant, angry, or violent behaviors. Adults may face unemployment as a result of being unable to control their impulses. Individuals of all ages are likely to find that their relationships with others have begun to deteriorate and people in their lives become fearful or apprehensive about being in their company. The consequences of their actions may cause people with IED to feel isolated from their peers, suffer from low self-esteem, and feel as though they have no control over what will happen next.

Inpatient treatment programs can be one of the best ways for people with IED to receive the treatment they need. Taking part in an inpatient program allows individuals to walk away from the routines of their everyday lives and place all of their energy on learning how to gain control of their symptoms so that they can return to a life of appropriate functioning. Through the implementation of various therapeutic techniques and the support of mental health professionals, as well as the support of other patients who may be dealing with similar struggles, individuals with intermittent explosive disorder can regain control of their lives.

Program Philosophy and Benefits

At StoneCrest Center, we strive to set ourselves apart from other mental health treatment centers by offering individualized, superior care that improves the quality of life for our patients while also providing a reliable resource for the community. We believe that our values are what truly make us stand out. We treat each other like family and we empathize with and support the families who have a loved one who is struggling with mental illness. We diligently work at maintaining our position as a leader in creating distinct, effective mental health disease management through our partnerships with physicians and other clinical professionals, through the application of technology, and, most importantly, through the extension of services from our hospital to the home. At StoneCrest, we remain steadfast in preventing, supporting, and treating mental, emotional, and behavioral conditions, providing patients with a safe place to turn in their time of need.

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 StoneCrest Center

The fully trained and qualified staff at StoneCrest uses a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, coordinating care amongst our in-house psychiatrists, nurses, socials workers, and activity therapists. By implementing a case management model that focuses on person-centered planning, each patient works with a therapist who serves as the patient’s coordinator and advocate during his or her stay. These therapists guide patients through the treatment process while establishing a therapeutic relationship as they help them work towards achieving their identified treatment goals. Our treatment programs are created to meet the needs of each patient as a whole in order to ensure that all needs are being addressed and coordinated while in our care. Some of the treatment methods used in our programs may include:

Medication management: It is possible that, in some cases, psychotropic medications may be used as part of the treatment process to help control symptoms associated with IED or to help alleviate symptoms of a possible co-occurring disorder. All patients meet with a psychiatrist daily and see a doctor regularly in order to ensure the effectiveness of any medication that is prescribed and to make any changes that may be necessary.

Group therapy: Group therapy plays a major role in the treatment process here at StoneCrest. Multiple groups are held on a daily basis and cover topics such as anger management, social skills, goal-setting, support systems, and psychoeducational meetings.

Family therapy: At StoneCrest, we believe that family involvement is crucial in helping our patients be successful in the treatment process. In addition to ensuring that family members are an active part of the therapeutic process, we also educate our patients’ families in order to help them understand what their loved ones are experiencing and discover ways that will help them cope with emotional difficulties that may arise in the future.

Depending on the specific needs of each patient, additional methods of treatment may be used, including:

  • Individual therapy
  • Expressive arts
  • Therapeutic recreation
  • Sensory room interventions

Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment

When patients have completed the inpatient program at StoneCrest, they will meet with their social worker who will facilitate discharge planning. Our social workers will coordinate appropriate aftercare support, ensure placement or housing when necessary, and schedule any pertinent follow-up appointments with community agencies.

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