Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is a mental health disorder that involves repeated episodes of impulsive, aggressive, and violent behavior. This can also include angry verbal outburst all of which is grossly out of proportion to the current situation. Things such as road rage, domestic violence, throwing or breaking objects, or temper tantrums may all be signs of an intermittent explosive disorder. Those with IED will attack others and sometimes their possessions as well. In some instances their explosive behavior can result in bodily harm to themselves and people around them, often times including property destruction. While IED is a complex disorder with many different complications and risk factors, it is possible to handle it in a healthy way and with the right resources control this disorder.
Rolling Hills Hospital is a private acute inpatient psychiatric care center for adolescents, adults, geriatrics, and intellectually disabled patients who are struggling with a variety of mental health and chemical dependency problems. Located in the rural town of Ada, Oklahoma, our treatment hospital is situated on a serene landscape, which enables us to provide confidential care in a tranquil environment. Rolling Hills’ treatment clinic has been a leader in behavioral healthcare since 1988, which means we have years of experience working with all types of patients no matter what their needs may be. Whatever may be standing in the way of you having the life that you want, the staff at Rolling Hills is here to help.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Whether your loved one has been recently diagnosed with intermittent explosive disorder (IED) or is in the middle of a crisis, it can be extremely difficult to know what to do in such circumstances. If your loved one is actively ill they are not likely to seek treatment on their own and in some cases will deny that anything is wrong with them. If you find yourself in this type of situation here are some things to keep in mind that may be helpful:
- Educate yourself about the disorder
- Talk directly with your loved one about what your have observed and your concerns
- Listen carefully to what they have to say without being judgmental
- Provide them with unconditional support
- Offer to go with them on doctor appointments or help them find a mental health professional
- Continue to offer them support throughout the entire treatment process
Why consider treatment at Rolling Hills Hospital
There are many problems associated with IED and if it is not adequately treated it will lead to a number adverse consequences that can make matters even worse. Due to their explosive tempers and angry outbursts, those with IED may be left with crumbling relationships and destroyed careers. They may also be facing legal ramifications and in some instances dealing with the possibility of incarceration. It is also common for those with IED to struggling with other mental health disorders such a depression or anxiety, making things even more difficult. The sooner that treatment can be obtained the better for everyone involved.
Treatment for intermittent explosive disorder is most often treated with a combination of medication, psychotherapy, and behavior modification. Inpatient treatment is known to be beneficial in helping individuals who are struggling with IED because it can provide a wide array of services to meet each patient’s individual needs. Through therapeutic methods and medication management, those with IED can learn to better control their anger, reduce the amount of violent outbursts, and improve overall quality of life.
Our Philosophy and Benefits
At Rolling Hills Hospital it is our mission to provide superior behavioral healthcare services to the people, communities, and hospitals we serve. Our core values focus on honesty and fairness, treating people as we wish to be treated, and providing a level of care we would want for a family member. It is our goal to evaluate and stabilize any psychiatric disorder or substance abuse issue and increase each patient’s level of functioning within the community. An experienced psychiatrist leads our team, which also include psychologists, nurses, licensed therapists, social workers, certified nurse aids, mental health technicians, recreational therapists, and other healthcare professionals within the hospital setting.
Types of Treatment Offered at Rolling Hills Hospital
At Rolling Hills in Ada, OK, we maintain a treatment team of professionals dedicated to providing high-quality care to each and every person that comes to us. All treatment regimens are individualized to meet patient’s particular needs and stated in measurable terms within the patient’s treatment plan. Most of our treatment options use a combination of medication and cognitive behavioral therapy but our various options tend to have additional, consistent needs. Your specific needs will determine which treatment you will receive. The following are some therapeutic treatment methods that may be part of your treatment plan.
Medication management: At Rolling Hills, each one of our patient sees our psychiatrist at least three times a week for evaluation and medication management. All patients will be thoroughly evaluated and monitored throughout the course of treatment.
Individual therapy: All of our patients engage in individual therapy on a weekly basis, at least two hours a week for adolescents and at least once a week for all other units.
Group therapy: Here at Rolling Hills in Ada, Oklahoma, we offer a number of different process and expressive groups on a weekly basis. Topics will vary some depending upon the unit that is a person is in. However, some of the topics offered on each unit may include: coping skills, anger management, life skills, and managing mental illness.
Family therapy: Family therapy is an important part of the treatment process and is held at least once a week for each one of our patients. For the adolescent unit, family sessions must be held in person with a licensed therapist. Additionally, parents are encouraged to attend regular treatment meetings and can call to check on their child on a regular basis.
In addition to these therapeutic methods, Rolling Hills’s treatment clinic provides a number of other services that you may participate in during your stay with us. These include:
- Expressive therapies (art, music, pet therapy, tai chi)
- Daily school
- Emotions anonymous
Continued Care and Levels of Treatment
At Rolling Hills Hospital discharge planning begins at admission and is continuously re-evaluated throughout the patient’s stay in order to help ensure a smooth transition when a patient stay with us has come to an end. All discharge plans will be discussed at least once a week with family members, the centers where the patient has come from, and the patient themselves. When you are ready to transition to the next level of care we will do everything we can to make sure the appropriate plans are put in place to ensure continuity of care.