Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is a disorder that is characterized by impulsive acts of aggression and violent acts. Adolescents with IED have a difficult time controlling their temper and their violent behaviors are out of proportion to the event that triggered the outburst. Additionally, adolescents with IED tend to feel a sense of arousal before an outburst and then a sense of relief after the act. While to the rest of us these behaviors seem completely inappropriate, they believe that their aggressive behaviors are justified. However, after an outburst they will feel usually feel upset, regretful, remorseful, or embarrassed about their impulsive and aggressive behavior.
Resolute Treatment Center has been a provider of expert services for the treatment of male youth with sexually maladaptive disorders as well as co-occurring mental health disorders since 1995. We provide a broad continuum of care designed to meet the needs of every child and family based upon individual needs and risks of each situation. Resolute is a premier treatment provider for children and adolescents with sexually maladaptive behaviors and other emotional and behavioral impairments. Your life does not have to be controlled by your child’s inappropriate behavior. We can show you and your child the tools needed to better manage their impulsive behavior and be able to lead a successful life.
Helping a Loved One of Family Member Get Treatment
Not only does intermittent explosive disorder affect the adolescent, but also greatly interferes with the family as a whole. As a parent this can be extremely frustrating, especially if you feel as if you have lost control of your child. If you are a parent of a child who has IED here are some things you can do to help your child and restore a sense of balance to the home:
- Be aware of your child’s emotional triggers
- Be proactive in avoiding triggers when possible
- Learn positive parenting skills
- Watch for signs of self-harm and suicide
- Don’t try to control your child’s emotions
- Control your own emotions
- Try not to escalate situations with your responses
- Help your child learn to recognize when their anger is building
- Talk with your child about their emotions
Why Consider Treatment at Resolute
Adolescents with intermittent explosive disorder are often perceived by others as being angry all the time, which can lead to relationship difficulties and problems making new friends. They may have problems at school leading to suspension or expulsion, increased risk for care wrecks, as well as run-ins with the law. It is also not uncommon for adolescents with IED to direct their anger at themselves and engage in self-harming behaviors and in some cases thoughts of suicide. If left untreated this disorder can lead to possible harm of others, serious legal ramifications, and even death from suicide or engagement in other risky behaviors.
Unfortunately it is not possible to cure IED, but there are a number of good treatment options that can help your child learn to control their disorder, reduce the number of aggressive attacks, and improve overall quality of life. For adolescents that are fighting the symptoms of IED, especially with accompanying sexually maladaptive behavior, a residential treatment program that specializes in treatment for both disorder is an extremely effective option. Treatment for IED requires a combination of medication and psychotherapy, both of which are provided in a residential program. A residential treatment program provides your child with a safe, structured environment, free from the distractions of the outside world where they can just worry about getting better. Additionally, residential programs provide a variety of therapeutic methods all designed to help adolescents learn how to control their anger and improve their overall quality of life.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Resolute remains the only treatment center in the state of Indiana that exclusively treats adolescent males with sexually maladaptive disorders. We are committed to providing the best care in the least restrictive setting possible and it is our unwavering goal to return each child to the community as a productive and responsible member of society. At Resolute we believe that each child and family is unique and that they have inherited strengths that can be built upon to guide and support the treatment process. We are dedicated to ensuring the success of each child, the reunification of every family, and the long standing happiness deserved by each individual.
Types of Treatment Offered at Resolute
At Resolute Treatment Center, we offer a unique, multifaceted therapeutic program that is designed to give every child the chance to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. Treatment at Resolute is guided by highly qualified, expertly trained, and compassionate mental health professionals. We offer a wide variety of therapeutic interventions that helps children maximize their potential through recreational interventions, clinical interventions, strong academic programming, and positive relationship building with peers and adults. At Resolute, we believe that when children explore and discover their inherent strengths in a structured, nature-based environment, their self-esteem, compassion, coping skills, and social skills will improve. In order to help our patients achieve all of their goals, the following treatment methods are executed throughout their stay at Resolute:
Medication management: There are a variety of different types of medication that may be used in the treatment of IED; your doctor will work with you to determine the most effective medication for your needs. All patients meet with a psychiatrist at least once a month in order to ensure the effectiveness of any medication that is prescribed and to make any changes that may be necessary.
Individual therapy: Patients participate in a minimum of one individual therapy session per week, however more sessions can be added based on individual needs. These sessions are designed to be a time for adolescents to meet one-on-one with a therapist in order to discuss specific concerns and to focus on the development and application of new skills.
Group therapy: Here are Resolute both psycho-educational and process groups, including a daily sexual process groups, are held on a daily basis. These sessions are curriculum-based and trauma-focused. Special ancillary groups are also held regularly and include topics such as assault cycles, trauma outcomes, and healthy relationships.
Family therapy: At Resolute, we view family involvement in the treatment process as a necessary part of ensuring that each child’s treatment is both effective and long-lasting. Family sessions are held at a minimum of once every two weeks, but more sessions can be added when requested or deemed appropriate.
School programming: We know how important a child’s education is and so we make sure that each patient receives the services he needs in order to remain on track educationally. Our onsite school is fully accredited and meets daily from 8:00am to 3:00pm.
In addition to the previously mentioned services, Resolute also offers the following:
- Psychological testing
- Clinical polygraph testing (when necessary)
- Relapse prevention and protection planning
- Reunification and aftercare planning
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Resolute Treatment Center, we recognize that recovery is an ongoing process and does not end when an adolescent leaves our program. In order to ensure continued success, our multidisciplinary staff works to create a thorough aftercare planning for each patient. We work intensively with adolescents as they become reunified with their families and begin reintegrating back into the community.
For those adolescents who are not yet ready to, or are unable to, return home, but no longer require the intensive treatment of the residential setting, Resolute offers two step-down group homes, Success and Polaris, for those patients who have successfully completed residential programming. These homes provide an open residential setting that is less restrictive, yet still provides 24 hour supervision.
Whatever your child’s long-term needs may be, Resolute Treatment Center will do all that we can to ensure continued success and lasting recovery so that he can move forwards toward a happy, healthy, and productive future.