CONDITIONS WE TREAT

Let us simplify what may otherwise seem complicated.

We realize you and your loved ones are more than a label. Using common diagnostic terms can aid understanding and help guide treatment solutions.

Intermittent Explosiveness

Intermittent explosive disorder is estimated to occur between 1% and 7% of the population (Scott et al., 2016). While over 80% of adolescents have displayed at least one angry outburst that resulted in violent, threat, or destruction of property; only about 8% meet actual criteria for an intermittent explosive disorder (McLaughlin et al., 2012). This disorder is defined as recurrent behavioral outbursts that involve a failure to control aggressive impulses. This disorder is characterized by impulsive or aggressive outbursts that may take the form of verbal or physical aggression. These outbursts are difficult to predict and may occur with or without a preceding trigger or stressors. An individual must have at least 2 of these outbursts per week for at least 3 months before meeting diagnostic criteria for the disorder. Intermittent explosive disorder may also co-occur with diagnoses of depressive disorder, anxiety, or substance abuse disorders. Compared to healthy controls, this disorder is also associated with altered serotonin function in the brain and a greater glucose metabolic rate (rGMR) in the orbitofrontal cortex and amygdala- two areas associated with emotional functioning and impulse control (Coccaro, 2012). Psychotherapy, such as CBT in combination with pharmacotherapy often show the most promising results in remediating symptoms (Coccaro, 2012) and The Serin Center has a history of success in treating intermittent explosive disorder with our integrative approach.

Scott, K. M., Lim C. C., Hwang, I., et al. (2016). The cross-national epidemiology of DSM-IV intermittent explosive disorder. Psychological Medicine, 46, 3161.

McLaughlin, K.A., Green, J. Hwang, I.,Sampson, N.A.,Zaslavsky, A.M & Kessler, R.C. (2012) Intermittent explosive disorder in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication Adolescent Supplement. Archives of General Psychiatry, 69(11): 1131-9

Cocarro, E. F. (2012). Intermittent explosive disorder as a disorder of impulsive aggression for DSM-5. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 169(6), 577-588. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2012.11081259.

What We Don’t Treat

We are not an emergency clinic. We are an outpatient provider so we do not have inpatient facilities. We are not a hospital and do not provide detox services for addictions. We do not treat schizophrenia or brain disorders related to advancing age such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. We are not contracted with any court system and do not provide court ordered services related to child custody or other matters.

ADHD affects 11% of school-age children (4-17) and symptoms continue into adulthood in more than 75% of children. Boys are over twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD (13.3%) compared to girls (5.6%)

Source: National Resource Center on ADHD

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