Intermittent Explosive Disorder

Christina - posted on 09/14/2013 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter has had three different psychological evaluations and each has a different diagnosis. This last one she was diagnosed with Intermittent Explosive Disorder. She is on medicine but she still has outbursts. She has hurt her siblings and has hit me, and been charged with felony menacing. We have had individual therapy, family therapy, MST, and other organizations to help. DHS is now charging me with Dependency and Neglect, saying that my daughter is beyond my control. She has three different diagnosis and the professionals do not know what to do. So if they do not know what to do, how am I supposed to know what to do. I have tried everything. She does not do drugs or anything else, she just has aggressive and violent behavior. If any one out there as a child that has Intermittent Explosive Disorder, please help!

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Christy - posted on 11/08/2013

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i forgot to ask if you noticed a difference in your pregnancy with your daughter.. such as her being over active or anything.. my son with IED, is a twin.. during the pregnancy, there was NONSTOP movement coming from him.. when he was born, he sounded like a baby piglet or something-- he snorted a really strange sound for about 3 months.. That may have nothing to do with this, but I haven't ever had another mother to compare stories with...
I've always felt that this was something that happened before he was born... During preschool and kindergarten, he was constantly getting into trouble for running from the teachers. I lost my job because every daycare center kicked him out... I now receive SSI for him..
This stinks...

Christy - posted on 11/06/2013

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I know exactly what you are going through.. My son has been in and out of behavior centers with a diagnosis of ADHD, ODD and Anxiety.. None of the medications such as Concerta, Adderrall or Focalin have helped him. He has destroyed most of my property, and for no other reason than "he felt like it" after each episode was over, he had a great deal of remorse and guilt from his actions. He has talked about suicide many times because he says he hates himself and the way he behaves. He is only 11 years old and already on probation. He pulled the fire alarm at school, beat up his twin, threatened other peers, snorted crushed Smarties, smoked cigarettes, and the list goes on. We have been in counseling for 5 years and the behavior continues.
This last trip into another facility has led to the diagnosis of IED.. This is a relief to me, in a way.. I can now relate to the symptoms that I read about and can better understand why this is happening... But, there really doesn't seem to be a cure for it... other than behavior modification, coping skills and a few meds thrown in together....
He is now taking Seroquil and Clonidine throughout the day, to help calm him. But I don't really see much of an improvement as of yet.. A little, but not much. His behavior tends to worsen after 4pm- I have no idea why, unless his meds are wearing off.
It is a huge burden on the family.. We can't go out for family time because the risk of an explosion between the boys is to great..
I wish I had the answers that you are seeking- however I am now on this journey with you, so we can search together!! Good luck to you and your family!

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Christina - posted on 11/08/2013

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I know how you feel. I have gone through so many day cares because of her temper tantrums. At the age of three she used to bang her head on the crib so hard. I had a normal pregnancy. I was told children are born with IED. I thought she acted this way because she saw domestic violence between me and her dad, but that was when she was three. I had her in counseling for what she saw. I did not know that you could get SSI for this particular mental condition. I am going to have to check into that. I am going to have to check into that.

Christina - posted on 11/07/2013

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I do not go out much either because her and her brother may have explosions. She has physically hurt me and her siblings. She is on Seroquil and Lamictal. I believe my daughter's behavior gets worse in the late afternoon. My daughter is also on probation, she gets another charge she will go to Department of Youth Corrections. We have tried everything. We have had Family Preservation in our home, MST several times, Individual therapy, Family Therapy. It has been about 4 years. I have had problems with her since the age of three and she is now almost 17. I have two other kids to protect, but I do not want to give up on her. It is very stressful everyday. They tell me do to things I have already done. If I take something away from her for punishment, she gets back at me by destroying something of mine. I do not believe counseling works. I just wish something is out there for this medical condition. She has been on so many medications, and I question the ones she is on now. I hope we both can get the answers we want. Good luck to you and your family. Maybe we both can lean on each other. My email is chris_vonmetzger9@q.com

Christina - posted on 09/14/2013

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It has nothing to do with claustrophobic. She has her own room. We live in a four bedroom house. She does do extra-curricular activities. She is 16 and she has had this type of behavior since she was three. We have had her in counseling after counseling. She can go from calm to very angry in a split second.

Ann - posted on 09/14/2013

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My guess is she's claustrophobic. Sounds like you should try a new environment. Take her to the woods. Give her nature. Let her destroy things there if she wants to. Give her lots of peace. Try playing calming music. Find an extra-curricular activity she likes. Gymnastics? She is rebelling against something and needs to find her space. A place where she is alone with herself.

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