Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Piney Ridge Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Piney Ridge Treatment Center.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Impulse Control Disorder Causes & Effects

No one experiences impulse control disorder the same way as someone else. Understanding the signs, symptoms and side effects of impulse control disorder is a key component toward starting the recovery journey.

Understanding Impulse Control Disorder

Learn about impulse control disorder

Impulse control disorders involve chronic problems in one’s ability to control his or her emotions and behaviors. This lack of self-control causes the children and adolescents suffering from these disorders to experience significant distress or impairment in all, or most, areas of functioning. This includes disruptions or dysfunctions in social, personal, familial, and academic aspects of the child’s lives. People with impulse control disorders engage in repetitive behaviors despite adverse consequences that may occur as a direct result of those behaviors. Even if these individuals have the desire to control their behaviors, it can be impossible as they continuously experience an increasing urge or craving to engage in the behavior.

Kleptomania is an uncontrollable, repetitive impulse to steal, even though the child is aware that the behavior is wrong, senseless. Often, the items stolen by someone with kleptomania are not even things that the person needs.

Some of the most common forms of impulse control disorders present in children and adolescents include:

Pyromania is the deliberate and purposeful act of setting things on fire in order to receive instant gratification or as an attempt to relieve tension. Pyromania is dissimilar to arson, which involves the pursuit of personal, monetary, or other gains.

Compulsive sexual behavior is excessive or uncontrollable thoughts or behaviors revolving around sexual activities. This can include things such as excessive masturbation, promiscuity, excessive use of pornography, exhibitionism, voyeurism, and fetishes that becomes so powerful that it begins to negatively impact the individual’s life.

Intermittent explosive disorder, which involves recurrent behavioral outbursts that represents a person’s inability to control aggressive impulses.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for impulse control disorder

There has yet to be a specific reason identified as to what causes impulse control disorders to develop. Most professionals believe that it is the combination of multiple factors, including genetic, physical, and environmental risk factors.

Genetic: There seems to be a genetic link tied to the onset of impulse control disorders. Studies have shown that children and teens who have family members that suffer from mental health disorders have a higher susceptibility of developing impulse control disorders than others.

Physical: It has been said that there is a possibility that when certain brain structures that are linked to the functioning of emotions, memories and planning become imbalanced, impulse control behaviors can develop.

Environmental: Professionals in the field believe that children who have grown up in families or in homes where explosive behaviors, violence, verbal abuse, and physical abuse were common are more likely to develop impulse control disorders. Some children and adolescents may unconsciously find that participating in such behaviors provides them with some sense of an escape from the chaos around them.

Risk Factors:

  • History of drug abuse
  • Young age
  • Being male
  • Exposure to violence
  • Family history of mood disorders
  • Family history of substance abuse
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of impulse control disorder

The signs and symptoms of impulse control disorders will vary based on the age of the children or adolescents suffering from them, the actual type of impulse control that they are struggling with, the environment in which they are living, and whether they are male or female. The following are some examples of different behavioral, physical, cognitive, and psychosocial symptoms that may be present in a child or adolescent suffering from an impulse control disorder:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Aggression
  • Acting out in risky sexual behaviors
  • Stealing
  • Playing with fire
  • Lying

Physical symptoms:

  • The presence of STDs in adolescents who are participating in risky sexual behaviors
  • Burns on the skin of children and adolescents who experiment or play with fire
  • Injuries resulting from physical fights

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Agitation
  • Irritability
  • Lack of patience
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Obsessive and intrusive thoughts

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Social isolation
  • Brief periods of emotional detachment
  • Depression
  • Increased levels of anxiety

Effects of impulse control disorder

The effects of impulse control disorders can be extremely detrimental to the lives of children and adolescents who do not receive treatment. Some examples of the types of effects that can result from impulse control disorders can include:

  • Difficulty developing and maintaining interpersonal relationships
  • Failure in academic and career ventures
  • Self-injury
  • Criminal involvement and/or incarceration
  • Low self-esteem
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
Co-Occurring Disorders

Impulse control disorder and co-occurring disorders

There a number of disorders that can occur alongside impulse control disorders. There are also disorders whose symptoms mirror those seen in people suffering from impulse control disorders. Some of the most common mental disorders that can occur with, or that directly mirror, impulse control disorders include:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Conduct disorder (CD)
  • Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
  • Depressive disorders
  • Antisocial personality disorder