South Boston’s Leading IED Treatment Center for Adolescents

Southstone Behavioral Health Hospital is Virginia’s leader in IED treatment for adolescents. We employ a team of professionals committed to providing clinically proven treatment that is customized to meet the unique needs of each teen who seeks our care.

IED Treatment

Learn more about IED treatment at Southstone Behavioral Health in South Boston, VA

Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is an impulse-control disorder characterized by recurrent outbursts of anger or rage. The explosions associated with IED are often reactionary, rarely premeditated, and do not seek a tangible objective (e.g., a specific object, money, intimidation, etc.). IED symptoms typically encompass verbal aggression (such as temper tantrums, tirades, and verbal arguments) and behavioral outbursts (including the damage of property or physical injury to animals or other individuals).

IED can be diagnosed in children as young as six years old, but typically the onset of symptoms occurs during late childhood or adolescence. IED can be expressed in individuals in different ways. Young people with IED may quickly lose their temper, frequently engage in heated arguments, impulsively throw temper tantrums, physically assault someone, or damage someone’s property or possessions. An adolescent or teen who suffers from IED may experience road rage, throw or break objects when upset, or excessively scream when angered.

By nature, IED outbursts are impulsive and often anger-based, and usually last less than 30 minutes. Explosions of anger can occur in a variety of social environments – including school, home, and public places. Someone with IED may experience outbursts frequently, or these outbursts may occur several months apart. Adolescents and teens who have IED tend to be triggered by those closest to them. Often, those most impacted by IED are family members, close friends, and other loved ones.

Through treatment at Southstone in South Boston, Virginia, your child can learn to manage their anger and address further symptoms of IED. At our residential treatment center, we provide services with compassion that will positively impact children and their families. When your child receives treatment for IED at Southstone, they begin the life-changing work of recovery.

Why Consider Treatment

Why consider treatment for IED at Southstone Behavioral Health in South Boston, VA

Left untreated, intermittent explosive disorder can have a devastating impact on your child’s life. Because the symptoms of IED typically involve other people, your child may have difficulty forming and keeping friendships, maintaining stable relationships with employers and coworkers, and securing future romantic partners. Your child’s outbursts can threaten the harmony of your family and cause relational damage beyond repair. IED can lead to social isolation, as violent tantrums may push others away.

Those who struggle with untreated IED symptoms may face a variety of life challenges. Because people with IED may participate in dangerous and violent behaviors as a result of their anger, their actions can put their safety or the safety of others at serious risk. Your child’s aggression could potentially harm animals, other people, or themselves, and it can hinder their academic performance and possibly lead to school expulsion. If further left untreated, IED outbursts can severely impact employment status and lead to a host of long-lasting legal consequences due to property damage or physical assault. Because IED symptoms impact the safety of others as well as the child who suffers from this disorder, treatment is often immediately necessary.

When your child receives treatment at Southstone in South Boston, Virginia, they can learn to manage symptoms of IED. At our residential treatment center, we offer a wide range of services and therapeutic modalities to give your child a comprehensive treatment experience. Our team of qualified professionals is here to help your child receive the quality of care they deserve.

Throughout their time with us, your child will meet with their personal treatment team – a group of dedicated mental health professionals assigned to assist your child in their unique recovery journey. Your child’s treatment team will collaborate to develop a personalized plan of care that will include a variety of therapeutic activities and educational modules.

When they receive treatment at Southstone, your child can learn the necessary skills to control their anger and manage their impulses. During sessions, our therapists often employ cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a therapeutic method that challenges distorted thinking patterns. By discussing these distorted thinking patterns with a trusted professional, your child can better process the thoughts that often lead to their angry outbursts.

At Southstone, we offer trauma- and attachment-based care. Your child may work with their therapist to process difficult past events, discuss potential triggers for anger, and brainstorm ways to redirect their anger in a healthy manner. Our goal is for adolescents to learn new and healthier ways of coping with difficult emotions and triggering events.

In treatment, your child will work not only on managing their emotions, but also on modifying their behavior. At Southstone, we promote healthier behaviors among teens and adolescents, including the development of positive social behaviors and healthy relational boundaries. Our team of therapists uses evidence-based treatment tools to positively reinforce behavioral changes and offer effective methods for replacing negative actions. Southstone staff members constantly monitor and provide instruction to guests to ensure continued positive behaviors.

Types of Treatment

Types of IED treatment offered at Southstone Behavioral Health in South Boston, VA

Located in South Boston, Virginia, Southstone proudly offers a host of unique treatment services and educational modules. We give our guests the opportunity to utilize various options for care based on their unique circumstances. While every adolescent’s treatment plan is different, your child’s stay at Southstone may include some of the following services:

  • Diagnostic screenings and evaluations
  • Occupational therapy
  • Recreational activities
  • Physical therapy
  • Medication management services
  • Special education
  • Speech-language services
  • Vocational education
  • Community-based activities
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy

If you have any questions about any of the services we offer at Southstone, feel free to contact us at your convenience. A member of our team is available 24/7 to provide you with more information.

Continuing Care

Continuing care and levels of treatment for IED

At Southstone, we provide adolescents ages 11-17 with learned skills to continue their treatment at home. We accomplish this by creating a discharge plan, or aftercare plan, for every guest of our treatment center. Similar to their treatment plan, your child’s discharge plan is created by their treatment team at the beginning of their stay and may be adjusted according to their changing needs and goals. Your child’s discharge plan will include specific details on how best to continue their recovery process after they leave our campus. By providing you and your child with a tangible discharge plan, we aim to ease potential worry and assure a smooth transition process.

Your child’s discharge plan may include a variety of elements, such as a list of mental healthcare contacts or other referrals in case your child needs further support. Features in your child’s discharge plan may include ongoing medication management services, in-home therapy, or traditional outpatient therapy. We work to the best of our ability to advocate for the most beneficial and appropriate services for each child. The staff at Southstone will remain in contact with each adolescent and their family for six months following their departure from our campus, ensuring the stability of their discharge plan.

If you believe that your child may be suffering from intermittent explosive disorder and could benefit from residential treatment on our campus, call Southstone today.