When a child or adolescent acts violently towards others without provocation, becomes verbally aggressive in a manner that is disproportionate to the given situation, and struggles to control impulses without much, if any, consideration for potential consequences, that child or adolescent may be suffering from intermittent explosive disorder. Also known as IED, this mental health condition is known to cause a number of devastating effects if treatment is not sought. Academic failure, increased interaction with the legal system, and damage to interpersonal relationships are known to occur if symptoms of this mental disorder persist. Fortunately, there are effective treatment options available that can reduce the likelihood of such negative effects and help children and adolescents live lives that are not tainted by the disruptive symptoms of intermittent explosive disorder.
Resource Treatment Center, a provider of mental health services for children and adolescents ages 11 to 21, recognizes the unique needs of young people who struggle with emotional and behavioral concerns. With services offered in a secure setting and programming that is delivered by experienced, compassionate, and caring staff, Resource Treatment Center has produced countless success stories of children and adolescents overcoming the often crippling symptoms of mental health disorders. We utilize proven and evidence-based modalities and methods of treatment for several mental illnesses, including intermittent explosive disorder, and put forth every effort to provide youth with the tools needed to have a happy and successful future.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Caring for a child or adolescent who is struggling with IED can be frustrating at times. You may even be frightened during your child’s episodes of violent behaviors or when he or she is verbally lashing out. You may be confused or feel hopeless when thinking of ways to help your child overcome the symptoms of this mental health condition. If you have grappled with these thoughts or feelings, here are some things you can do if your child is suffering from IED:
- Learn all that you can about intermittent explosive disorder
- Expect resistance to treatment when it is first brought up for discussion
- Avoid being judgmental
- Make every effort to be patient
- Listen to your child about how he or she is feeling and do not minimize those feelings
- Research treatment options that can best meet the unique needs of your child
- Be a beacon of unconditional support for your child
Why Consider Treatment at Resource
The symptoms of intermittent explosive disorder can wreak havoc on the lives of sufferers and their loved ones. A child or adolescent’s academic performance can be compromised and he or she may receive disciplinary action as a result of his or her extreme acting out behaviors. Peer relationships can also be adversely affected as an individual with IED may instigate fights with peers for no apparent reason. The poor impulse control associated with this mental health condition can also lead a child or adolescent to engage in risky or criminal behaviors as consequences to actions are not considered before giving into said impulses. One thing that can be done to avoid the adverse effects associated with untreated IED is to seek and receive treatment.
One of the most beneficial treatment options for the care of those with intermittent explosive disorder is residential treatment. Residential treatment programs allow an individual to step away from the stressors of life and focus strictly on healing. Programming offered in a residential setting can help those with intermittent explosive disorder learn how to control impulses, manage behaviors and emotions, and learn new coping skills that can last a lifetime. Lastly, ongoing support is afforded in this setting as those who are in a residential treatment program have access to qualified staff who are experienced in treating disorders such as IED.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Resource Treatment Center provides structured and therapeutically intensive treatment programs that provide comprehensive, efficient, and effective programming that meets the needs of the youth and families we serve. Here at Resource, we focus on providing a structured environment while also allowing for individualized services for all youth in our care. Additionally, our programs allow youth to experience a sense of normalcy in the programming process while also benefiting from an array of services that have a therapeutic foundation.
Types of Treatment Offered at Resource
Here at Resource, we utilize a number of different evidence-based practices in order to produce successful treatment outcomes. Upon arrival, each youth is assessed using multiple assessment tools, allowing us to match treatment techniques to each patient’s unique strengths, needs, and risks. At Resource, we offer two separate residential treatment programs which include our psychiatric residential treatment (PRTF) and our general residential program (RTC). The intake assessment will determine which program is a better fit for your child. We use a phase system approach to treatment in which each youth is required to go through four different phases, including identification, connection, demonstration, and contribution. Both programs include the following treatment methods:
Medication management: Each child in our residential treatment program sees a psychiatrist on a regular basis for any medication needs. Children in the PRTF program see the psychiatrist on a weekly basis while those in the RTC program see the psychiatrist on a monthly basis.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy sessions are held on a weekly basis and focus on application and generalization of new skills. These skills can then be implemented into the home and community. We also have individual skill-building sessions that focus on six specific proficiencies, including: social, emotional, education, self-care, health and wellness, and daily living skills.
Group therapy: Group sessions are held at least once a day, but your child may participate in more groups depending upon his or her particular needs. We have a number of different types of groups that cover a number of different topics, including anger management, healthy coping skills, social skills, and independent living skills. Group therapy provides structured skills-based programming that allows for learning skills to be developed and promotes specific critical skills in a structured manner.
Family therapy: Family therapy is held at least every two weeks. We use practices based on multi-systems therapy in each session. During this time, our therapists will move the entire family through a process to enhance motivation and establish a collaborative approach. Additionally, every Tuesday night we hold family night in order to help educate family members about their child’s disorder and treatment process.
School programming: We offer our patients a fully accredited on-site school, held in a traditional classroom setting for 3 hours each day. School services include credit recovery and GED preparation.
In addition to our regular treatment techniques, we also offer a number of experiential programming options, including:
- Computer lab
- Student council
- Holiday activities
- Special ceremonies in which awards are given to celebrate successes
- Daily recreational group therapy
- Volunteering in the community
- NA meetings for those struggling with substance abuse concerns
- Community outings
- Youth group ministry
- Teen outreach program
- Pro-social activities
- Girl Scouts (Boy Scouts program will be starting in the near future)
Other services that are offered as part of our comprehensive programming include:
- 24-hour medical and nursing coverage
- Dental and vision care
- Crisis intervention
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
All discharge planning begins once a child has been admitted to our program. Here at Resource, we place a high priority on effective discharge planning in order to ensure that all continuing care needs are in place before the child leaves our treatment center. We have a criteria put in place to warrant a successful discharge. The criteria that a child must meet in order to be considered safe to successfully discharge include the following:
- Youth has reached a level of stability where this level of placement is no longer needed
- Youth displays significantly improved conditions by exhibiting little or no maladaptive behaviors
- Youth is able to articulate plans to manage his or her emotional and/or behavioral responses in regards to various psychosocial stressors
- Youth is better able to manage potential family conflict
- The family of the youth has demonstrated a commitment towards successful reunification based on their level of participation in their child’s treatment
- There are reasonable expectations that the youth will be compliant with family rules and expectations, as well as remain free from legal involvement
- Youth has articulated plans to manage independent living skills, such as employment, school, etc.
- Youth has taken an active part in his or her discharge planning and can reasonably be expected to follow through on all aspects of that discharge plan
- Youth demonstrates the ability to maintain a lower risk of participating in unsafe behaviors that present them as a risk to the community