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 Crestwyn Behavioral Health Hospital 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 Crestwyn Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • 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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Learn About The Symptoms & Causes of IED

The signs, symptoms, and effects of IED can be different for every person impacted. Learning about IED is one of the first steps towards getting better.

Learn More About IED

Intermittent explosive disorder, also referred to as IED, is an impulse-control disorder that causes individuals who are suffering from it to act out in sudden, unwarranted aggressive outbursts. Those who suffer from IED grapple with controlling their impulses and find themselves engaged in recurrent aggressive outbursts. These aggressive behaviors can include physical and verbal aggression. Some individuals with IED who engage in physical aggression will act out in ways that bring about physical harm to animals, property, or other individuals, while others will act out in physically aggressive ways that do not cause injury or harm. According to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the primary feature of this condition is that those with IED behave in these ways in response to an external stressor that would not regularly bring about such a drastic response. These behaviors are not premeditated, will rarely last for a period of time longer than 30 minutes, and typically result in feelings of remorse after the aggressive outburst occurs. In addition, these outbursts do not happen because of an individual’s intention of achieving a certain objective, such as intimidation or power.

The presence of these behaviors can lead to exceptional strife in the lives of those who are impacted by this disorder, as well as in the lives of those around them. Thankfully, there are treatment options available that can help individuals learn how to control their impulses, implement appropriate and healthy responses to stressors, and overcome their symptoms from IED.


According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), roughly 2.7% of the American population battles with intermittent explosive disorder. The APA also reports that IED is more prevalent in younger individuals that it is in adults, referring to individuals who are older than 50. Furthermore, the APA states that individuals who have a high school level of education or less more often display symptoms of this disorder.

Causes and Risk Factors for Intermittent Explosive Disorder

There are a handful of causes and risk factors that are said to play a role in the onset of intermittent explosive disorder. Some of these factors can include the following:

Genetic: Research has shown that there are genetic influences at work regarding the onset of IED. More specifically, studies that were conducted on twins shows that impulsive aggression possesses a powerful genetic influence. As a result, individuals with first-degree relatives who battle intermittent explosive disorder are at a higher risk for suffering from the same symptoms of the disorder as opposed to those who do not share the same hereditary background.

Environmental: There are a handful of environmental influences that can have an impact on an individual’s likelihood of developing IED. According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), those influences can include experiencing trauma that is physical or emotional at some point during the first two decades of one’s life.

Risk Factors:

  • Suffering from physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse
  • Being neglected
  • Personal history of antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, or disorders that have disruptive behaviors, such as oppositional defiant disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or conduct disorder
  • Experiencing trauma
  • Family history of intermittent explosive disorder or other types of disruptive, impulse-control, or conduct disorders

Signs and Symptoms of Intermittent Explosive Disorder

The signs and symptoms that are shown by individuals who are suffering from IED are mostly behavioral and can manifest in a handful of ways. Examples of these behavioral symptoms, as well as cognitive and psychosocial symptoms, can include:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Deliberately destroying objects or property
  • Physical aggression towards animals and/or other individuals
  • Unprovoked violent outbursts that may or may not result in physical harm or injury
  • Frequent verbal arguments and fights

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Lack of impulse control

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Rage
  • Anger

Co-Occurring Disorders

There are many disorders that are cited as co-occurring alongside of intermittent explosive disorder. Some examples of these disorders can include:

  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Substance use disorders
  • Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
  • Depressive disorders
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Conduct disorder

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– Former Patient

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