Pyromania Treatment in Cambridge, OH
Pyromania | Overview
Pyromania is defined as an irresistible impulse to light fires. The condition begins as an urge and builds in intensity until satisfied. Many suffering from pyromania feel a sense of pleasure and relief which quickly turns into shame, self-loathing, and guilt. An obsession with fire stations and firefighters is also common.
One issue encountered when diagnosing pyromania is the distinction between firesetting driven by curiosity or rebellion in children/adolescents and genuine pyromania. Pyromania sets itself apart in a couple of ways:
- There must be a sense of excitement or tension.
- There must be no other motive for starting the fire than to satisfy the urge.
- There must be a sense of relief and personal satisfaction after starting the fire.
Pyromania | Treatment & Support
There is no cure for pyromania, however there are a number of therapies which may help those suffering from the disorder overcome their urges. A popular therapy for treating pyromania is to condition (often through mild physical pain) the patient to respond negatively to the desire to start fires. This is typically done by shocking, pinching, or generating foul tastes/odors every time the patient thinks of starting a fire. Before long, the patient will develop a feeling of aversion when the thought of starting fires begins to ruminate, whether or not it is followed by physical pain.
Selective serotonin uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are also typically prescribed to prevent the chemical systems in the brain which create the urge to start a fire from travelling throughout the body. Counseling sessions, group therapy, and other resources are often on hand to help those suffering from pyromania keep accountability, develop strategies, and often remove themselves as a potential threat.
If you or someone you know struggles with pyromania, get them the help they need today. Don’t get burned by pyromania. Call (740) 439-3515 or contact Dr. Rebecca Brauch online for quality care.
Medical Associates of Cambridge, Inc.
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Cambridge, OH 43725
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