The Use of Therapy to Control IED Impulses
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) appears to be the most effective type of therapy for treating individuals with IED. This very structured type of therapy is a collaborative effort between the therapist and the patient that is designed to be short-term and focuses specifically on the disorder itself by challenging the patient’s belief system. Once that belief system is tested, behavior becomes easier to change because the patient is no longer holding on to their previously rigid beliefs.
Specifically, CBT helps the patient identify the situations or behaviors that trigger an aggressive response through recognizing and modifying inappropriate thinking, behavior, and emotions. Once these triggers are identified, the therapist assists the patient in establishing the necessary skills for adjusting their beliefs, recognizing their irrational thought processes, and developing more flexibility in coping with stressful situations, thus positively changing their response to stressful situations.
Other therapy options include marital counseling, family counseling, anger management classes, and substance abuse counseling. These can help the individual further understand what motivates them to overreact so aggressively. Also, diagnosing and treating IED may be more successful if the disorder is caught early, which is very possible since it tends to occur during the teen and early adulthood years.