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

LAST UPDATED ON 10/09/2020

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 Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems 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, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems.

  • This restriction has 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 has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being 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.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

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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Symptoms, Signs & Effects of Intermittent Explosive Disorder

If you or your loved one are struggling with IED, Vermilion is here to help. Learning about IED can help you or your loved one manage its symptoms.

Understanding IED

Learn about IED

Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is characterized by unprovoked episodes of anger displayed by verbal or physical aggression. IED is usually diagnosed between childhood and late adolescence, and causes an individual to lose control of their emotions or to act out with extreme levels of hostility towards property, people, or animals. These explosive episodes are triggered by a sense of arousal or tension and then bring about feelings of relief. However, once the episode is over, those struggling with IED often feel pangs of guilt or remorse, despite feeling justified in their words or actions. The explosive eruptions associated with IED, usually lasting for less than 30 minutes, may occur in clusters or can be separated by weeks or months of nonaggression. In between these outbursts, an individual may be irritable, impulsive, aggressive, or angry. While this disorder is extremely disruptive, with proper medication and psychotherapy an individual can learn to control aggressive impulses and lead a happier life.


IED statistics

Research has shown that males are diagnosed with intermittent explosive disorder more often than females, with the prevalence among Americans believed to be around 2.7%. Additionally, it is estimated that 82% of those diagnosed with intermittent explosive disorder are also suffering from another mental health disorder. It has been found that intermittent explosive disorder affects approximately 1 in 12 adolescents.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for IED

The exact cause of intermittent explosive disorder is not known, however, it is likely caused by a number of environmental and biological factors. More specifically, research has found that a combination of genetic, physical, and environmental factors can contribute to an eventual diagnosis of intermittent explosive disorder. The following explanations may be a cause of IED:

Genetic: Twin studies have shown a strong genetic component in the diagnosis of intermittent explosive disorder. It is believed that individuals with a first-degree family member who has the disorder have a greater chance of developing IED themselves. 

Physical: Brain chemistry is believed to be strongly tied to the diagnosis of intermittent explosive disorder. There may be differences in the way serotonin, a chemical messenger in the brain, works in those with IED. Additionally, neurobiological research has shown that those with the disorder have abnormalities in the parts of the brain that inhibit motor activity and regulate responses to anger stimuli.

Environmental: Many believe that the environment in which a person is raised can contribute to the development of IED. Children that grow up in families where explosive behavior and verbal and physical abuse were common are at a higher risk for developing IED. By being exposed to this type of violence at an early age, it makes it more likely that they will exhibit theses same traits as they mature.

Risk Factors: 

  • Family history of mental illness
  • Family history of substance abuse
  • Brain trauma
  • Personal history of trauma
  • Exposure to violence
  • Being male (prevalence among men is higher than women)
  • Certain medical conditions 
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of IED

The combination of signs and symptoms of intermittent explosive disorder can appear very different in each individual. The main signs and symptoms of IED may include:

Behavioral symptoms: 

  • Assaultive behavior towards others
  • Verbal aggression
  • Unprovoked outbursts of anger
  • Destruction of property
  • Road rage
  • Self-injury 

Physical symptoms:

  •  Muscle tension
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Heart palpitations
  • Tingling sensations
  • Headaches
  • Hearing echoes
  • Tremors

Cognitive symptoms: 

  • Feeling out of control
  • Racing thoughts
  • Lacking the ability to focus 

Psychosocial symptoms: 

  • Extreme irritability
  • Rage
  • Low tolerance for frustration
  • Emotional detachment
  • Guilt
  • Shame

Effects of IED

The effects of intermittent explosive disorder can adversely affect an individual’s life if it is not properly treated. The following effects have been known to occur in those diagnosed with IED:

  • Disciplinary problems in school
  • Financial difficulties
  • Impaired occupational or educational ability
  • Loss of employment
  • Academic failure
  • Failed interpersonal relationships
  • Isolation from friends and family
  • Marital discord
  • Self-injury
  • Legal ramifications
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
Co-Occurring Disorders

IED and co-occurring disorders

People with intermittent explosive disorder often meet criteria for other disorders. The most common co-occurring mental illnesses diagnosed in those with IED may include:

  • Substance use and addiction
  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Conduct disorder
  • Depressive disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Oppositional defiant disorder