Intermittent Explosive Disorder Treatment in Fair Lawn, NJ
There is some controversy among mental health professionals as to whether intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is an independent impulse-control disorder or the root of another cause. In general, the condition involves aggressive outbursts of anger that results in serious physical harm and/or destruction of property. The expressed aggression is extremely out of proportion to the incident that brings it on and may occur suddenly.
Those experiencing an episode of intermittent explosive disorder may engage in road rage, domestic violence, verbal outbursts of anger or other destructive behavior. These episodes often result in a negative impact on relationships at home, work or school, and can also bring about legal and financial issues.
Intermittent Explosive Disorder Prevalence
IED typically begins in the teens, and it is more common among boys than girls. It can extend beyond the teen years. Those who experience three or more incidences per year are considered to have a severe case of the condition.
Intermittent Explosive Disorder Symptoms
Those who suffer from IED have reported precursors to an impending outburst that may include:
- Racing thoughts
- Increased energy
- Chest tightness
- Hearing an echo
- Head pressure
An outburst generally lasts for less than thirty minutes. During an episode the person can engage in aggressive behavior that may include slapping, shoving, pushing or fighting, and can result in physical harm and property damage.
Verbal behavioral outbursts that are sometimes connected to IED are also out of proportion to the situation, and can include:
- Heated arguments
- Shouting or tirades
- Temper tantrums
- Threats to hurt people or animals
Those who suffer from IED may feel tired or even exhausted after the episode, and may also feel embarrassment and remorse.
Intermittent Explosive Disorder Diagnosis
Many people with IED are also diagnosed as having low serotonin activity and damage to the prefrontal cortex section of the brain, which is directly connected to judgment and self-control. It's also possible that genetics and environment can play a role. Since low serotonin is thought to be at least part of the issue, a blood test may be suggested. A brain MRI may be considered to check for possible abnormalities as a potential part of the cause. Professional counseling may also be used to help with diagnosis and treatment.
Intermittent Explosive Disorder Treatment
People diagnosed with intermittent explosive disorder will find success with different treatment programs personalized to their needs. In general, talk therapy and prescription medication are the two most common treatment courses recommended by healthcare professionals for people with this condition.
Typical medications prescribed include antidepressants like SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), mood stabilizers and antipsychotic drugs.
Individual or group therapy sessions often help patients identify triggers of their aggression as well as ways to manage the anger and aggression that they feel. Cognitive behavioral therapy challenges negative thoughts and teaches coping skills to help control negative impulses.
In terms of natural options that may help reduce incidences of IED, because the issue is typically connected to low serotonin levels, proper diet and exercise may be recommended. Various relaxation techniques are also useful in quelling anger before an episode occurs.
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