Disruptive impulse is a mental health condition in which people act impulsively to the point of hurting themselves or others. It can be caused by an overactive amygdala, low blood sugar levels, or miscommunication between the prefrontal cortex and other parts of the brain. There are many treatment options for Disruptive Impulses such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), medication, and supplements like Omega-3 fatty acids.
Disruptive Impulse disorder is a common mental health condition that more than half of all adults will face at some point in their life. Disruptive impulse can cause any number of issues from losing friends to being arrested for violent crimes, but with proper treatment it can be managed and controlled. Disruptive impulses are considered either episodic or chronic. Chronic disruptive impulses are usually a result of other mental health disorders, however episodic can be caused by substance abuse. If left untreated, Disruptive Impulses could lead to serious consequences such as jail time or violence against others.
Types of disorders
Oppositional defiant disorders
Oppositional defiant disorder is a mental health condition in which a person displays oppositional, defiant, and disobedient behavior for at least six months. This behavior typically includes conflicts with adults, other authority figures, and rules. ODD can be considered chronic when it occurs across settings and situations. Additionally obsessions or compulsions may also be present in individuals living with this disorder. Those suffering from the disorder may either display verbal and emotional outbursts or physical aggression towards others.
symptoms of Oppositional defiant disorder are:
-Often argues with adults or authority figures, but not peers
-Actively defies or refuses to comply with requests from authority figures
There are several different types of treatment options for those living with Oppositional Defiant Disorder. A combination of therapy and medication is often used. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT
-Frequent outbursts where the individual verbally expresses anger and frustration
-Arguing with adults, authority figures, or rules
-Spiteful behavior such as intentional destruction of property belonging to others.
There are different treatments for ODD which can include medication, therapy, counseling among other options. The most common form of treatment is
-Argumentative with adults, refusal to comply with adult requests
-Spiteful or vindictive behavior towards authority figures and peers
Treatment for Oppositional Defiant Disorder usually includes medication & counselling. Medication can help control symptoms while counselling helps patients recognize their behaviors are harmful to themselves and others. If left untreated Oppositional Defiant Disorder can lead to further mental health disorders.
In people who have conduct disorder, violence is directed at both people and animals. Conduct disorder may also lead to property destruction, theft, and bullying. Conduct disorder can be caused by an overactive amygdala or low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia). Treatment for Conduct Disorder is usually cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), medication, & supplements like Omega-III fatty acids.
Treatment of Conduct disorders
Treatment for Conduct disorders usually includes medication and counselling. Medication can help control symptoms while counselling helps patients recognize their behaviors are harmful to themselves and others. If left untreated, conduct disorder could lead to jail time, violence against others, or further mental health disorders.
Intermittent explosive disorder
Intermittent explosive disorder is a mental health condition in which people have outbursts of violence, rage, or anger. It can be caused by miscommunication between the amygdala and other parts of the brain. There are many treatment options for Intermittent Explosive Disorder such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), medication, and supplements like Omega-III fatty acids.
People with Intermittent Explosive disorder often have trouble controlling the amount of stress they are under, which can lead to violent outbursts and destruction of property. If left untreated Intermittent Explosive Disorder could lead to jail time, violence against others, or further mental health disorders.
It’s treatment usually includes medication and counselling. Medication can help control symptoms while counselling helps patients recognize their behaviors are harmful to themselves and others.
Other associated disorders
Pyromania and kleptomania are two other mental illnesses that may be linked to pyromaniac syndrome. These two disorders may also be associated with Intermittent Explosive Disorder. Although pyromania and kleptomania are not as common as other mental illnesses, they can lead to serious consequences such as jail time or violence against others if left untreated.
Disruptive impulse disorder is most likely diagnosed based on the patient’s medical history and a physical exam with blood work. However, there are several other tools that help with the diagnosis of this mental disorder.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a method used to teach people how to control their disruptive impulses through positive reinforcement and changing negative thought patterns. The therapy has three stages: education about triggers, identifying unhealthy thoughts or behaviors, and replacing these unhealthy thoughts with healthy ones.
There are also medications that can be used for those with Disruptive Impulses such as SSRIs and antipsychotics. Antipsychotic drugs may help alleviate the symptoms of disruptive impulse, but they do not cure it; therefore they should only be taken under a doctor’s supervision and in conjunction with therapy sessions.
Conclusion: If you’re dealing with a disruptive impulse, there are many treatment options available. We can help you find the right one for your needs or learn how to manage it on your own through therapy and other steps. Contact us today if this sounds like an issue that could benefit from our care!