Millcreek of Pontotoc Treatment Center is a residential behavioral health clinic for children, teens, and young adults in northern Mississippi. Our dedicated, experienced staff provides individualized treatment to help young people lead healthier, more productive lives.
Learn more about impulse control disorder treatment at Millcreek of Pontotoc
When children and teens are suffering from an impulse control disorder, it can have a devastating impact on all aspects of their lives. These disorders are characterized by an ongoing inability to refrain from giving into urges to perform behaviors or actions that are harmful either to oneself or to others. Based on the severity of the disorder, and the particular behaviors that accompany the type of impulse control disorder that a child or teen is suffering from, the consequences of their actions can be detrimental not only on their life, but on the lives of those around them as well. Fortunately, with proper therapeutic interventions, the negative consequences that can accompany these disorders can be prevented, and children or teens can learn how to successfully control their impulses.
At Millcreek of Pontotoc, an impulse control disorder treatment clinic in North Mississippi, we recognize the unique, and often overwhelming, challenges that come with having a child who is struggling with the symptoms of an impulse control disorder. Remaining sensitive to the needs of this population of children and teens, we offer specialized impulse control disorder treatment at our clinic that is tailored to meet the individual needs of each child or teen who is admitted into our treatment center. Situated on 18 beautifully shaded acres of serene landscape, our 51-bed psychiatric residential treatment center provides caring and compassionate treatment for children adn teens between the ages of 6 and 20 who are struggling with an array of mental, emotional, and/or behavioral concerns, including impulse control disorders. In this safe and secure setting at our impulse control disorder treatment clinic, the behavioral and educational needs of these emotionally disturbed children and teens can be addressed as they develop the skills they need to learn how to manage their symptoms, overcome their negative thought patterns, and take the first step towards the happy, healthy, and bright future they deserve.
Helping your child or teen get treatment
If your child or teen is struggling with the devastating impact of having an impulse control disorder, you may have found yourself at a point where you feel helpless as to what you can do to put an end to their destructive behaviors. Your emotions may vary from anger to shame to frustration, all the while feeling consumed with fear as to what your child or teen’s future holds if they do not get help. If you are concerned about the behaviors that your child or teen is displaying, but are unsure as to whether or not the behaviors are indicative of a clinical problem, take note of the following signs that are commonly associated with the presence of impulse control disorders:
- Acting out aggressively, despite a lack of provocation
- Compulsive stealing
- Compulsive lying
- Angry outbursts / severe temper tantrums
- Playing with fire
- Engaging in high-risk sexual behaviors
- Exhibiting periods of emotional detachment
- Extreme agitation
- Extreme irritability
While all children and teenswill inevitably engage in problematic behaviors at various times while they are growing up, the presence of any of the aforementioned behaviors may indicate that there a more serious problem than simply childhood acting out. If you have noticed any of these behaviors in your child, it would be beneficial to take them to meet with a mental health professional in order to have a complete evaluation conducted to see if treatment is warranted. Doing so can prevent devastating repercussions from damaging your child’s or teen’s future.
Why consider treatment for impulse control disorder at Millcreek of Pontotoc in North Mississippi
When children and teens are engaging in behaviors that are symptomatic of impulse control disorders, they are not only putting their lives and their futures at risk, but they are putting those around them at risk as well. When left untreated, the long-term effects of impulse control disorders can be devastating. These children and teens may be facing futures tainted by academic failure, interactions with the legal system, substance abuse problems, a lack of positive interpersonal relationships, and low self-esteem. Fortunately, there is impulse control disorder treatment available at our behavioral disorders treatment clinic.
Residential impulse control disorder treatment centers have proven to be effective at providing children and teens who are struggling with impulse control disorders with the thorough and intensive care that they need. When they enter into a residential treatment clinic, they are first and foremost entering an environment where they will be monitored 24/7, taking away any opportunities that they may have otherwise had to engage in dangerous and risky behaviors. In this safe and secure environment, these children and teens are given the opportunity to learn about their disorders, come to understand the repercussions that can result from their behaviors, and ultimately learn to take responsibility for their actions. Additionally, with the array of therapeutic interventions that are implemented in a residential impulse control disorder treatment clinic, children and teens can develop the skills they need to learn to fight against their impulses, gain control over their minds and behaviors, and walk away free from the grips of this devastating mental health condition.
Millcreek of Pontotoc’s treatment philosophy and benefits
At Millcreek of Pontotoc, an impulse control disorder treatment center in North Mississippi, we are dedicated to helping children and teens lead healthier, more productive lives. By using a multidisciplinary approach to care, we are able to give our patients comprehensive impulse control disorder treatment plans that integrate their specific developmental, emotional, behavioral, and educational needs into their individualized plans of action for receiving thorough care. All children and teens in our treatment clinic benefit from having their own treatment teams which are comprised of psychiatrists, clinical therapists, nurses, teachers, and other healthcare professionals who formulate their treatment plans in conjunction with parents or guardians. When your child or teen comes to our treatment center in North Mississippi, you can rest assured that they will be provided with the most optimal level of care possible in order to ensure that they leave impulse control disorder treatment feeling successful, enriched, and fully prepared for the future.
Types of impulse control disorder treatment offered at Millcreek of Pontotoc in North Mississippi
At Millcreek of Pontotoc, a treatment clinic located in North Mississippi, we understand that making the decision to place your child or teen into a residential treatment clinic can be difficult. We also understand that the process of doing so can seem intimidating, which is why we strive to make the admissions procedure at our treatment center as smooth, easy, and streamlined as possible. In an effort to be as accommodating as we can be, our highly trained and qualified staff is able to conduct psycho-social assessments over the phone, or in person, so as to allow for the admissions process to be a quick one. Once admitted into our impulse control disorder treatment clinic, every child and teen will undergo a thorough evaluation process that includes physical, educational, psychological, and psychiatric assessments, of which the results will be added to the information provided by the initial psycho-social assessment. This thorough evaluation process allows the staff at Millcreek to gain a full understanding of each child’s unique developmental, emotional, and educational needs. Taking into account all of the information received throughout the course of these evaluations, an individualized treatment plan is then devised for each child or adolescent. The various aspects of the therapeutic interventions that your child or teen will be provided as part of their treatment plan may include the following:
Medication management: In some instances, psychotropic medications may be implemented in order to help alleviate the distressing symptoms of an impulse control disorder or of a co-occurring disorder. Such needs will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Each child or teen will meet with our treatment center’s psychiatrist at least once each week in order to ensure the therapeutic effectiveness of any medications that are prescribed, as well as to make any changes that may be necessary.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy sessions at our impulse control disorder treatment clinic are held for 60 minutes at least once each week and are designed to be a time for children or teens to meet one-on-one with their therapists in order to discuss any concerns they have, to track treatment goals, and to work on personal skills-building. Additional sessions can always be added depending on a child’s needs or when specifically requested.
Group therapy: Children and teens in our residential treatment center participate in 60 minute group therapy sessions five times each week. The majority of the groups are based on a cognitive behavioral therapeutic approach and include discussions on topics such as goal-setting, social skills, peer pressure, aggression, following rules, and bullying. All group topics are tailored to address specific issues that pertain to the children or teens participating in each particular group, so the topics will vary.
Family therapy: At Millcreek of Pontotoc, a treatment center in North Mississippi, we believe that family involvement is paramount in eliciting successful treatment outcomes. Patients and their families participate in 60 minute family therapy sessions at least twice a month. However, additional family sessions can be added at any time depending on a patient’s needs or when requested.
Clinical staffings: Each child or teen in our care is provided with two staffings during their first month at our treatment clinic, and in one staffing per month for each subsequent month that he or she is in our care. These staffings provide patients and their parents or guardians with specified times to meet with their treatment team in order to discuss the child’s progress in all areas of treatment, including therapeutically and academically.
Experiential therapy: In order to provide a well-rounded approach to treatment, children and teens are offered additional therapeutic options as part of their impulse control disorder treatment plans. These options include art therapy, play therapy, and daily recreational therapy.
Education: While participating in treatment at Millcreek of Pontotoc, an impulse control disorder treatment clinic in North Mississippi, all patients will attend our fully accredited, onsite therapeutic day school. Classes are held from 8:00am-11:00am every day, at which time children break for an hour of group therapy and then have lunch. After lunch, children return to class from 12:30pm-2:00pm. All classes at our treatment clinic are taught by teachers who are certified to teach children with special needs, and classes are held in small classrooms with low student-to-teacher ratios in order to ensure that all academic needs are fully addressed.
Continuing care and levels of treatment for impulse control disorder
At Millcreek of Pontotoc, a behavioral disorders treatment center in North Mississippi, discharge planning starts at the time of admission. Throughout the course of treatment in our clinic, each patient’s progress is closely monitored in order to make sure that all treatment goals are successfully reached and that appropriate recommendations for aftercare can be made. All referrals for aftercare services are made based solely on each patient’s present level of functioning at the time of discharge, as well as based on their skills set and the challenges that they may still be facing. Our staff will work with each patient and their family in order to set up any aftercare appointments or services that will help the patient remain successful. Additionally, when it is appropriate, our staff can work with adolescents and teens in getting them set up with part-time jobs following their discharge.
For those families who are still in need of intensive services, but whose children no longer require residential treatment, we often refer them to MYPAC in order to facilitate wraparound services. MYPAC stands for Mississippi Youth Program Around the Clock and is an intensive wraparound service that provides patients and their families with home therapy services.
Some patients will benefit from transitioning from our residential treatment center to our therapeutic day school treatment clinic as part of their step-down process as they re-integrate back into their home lives. Patients taking part in this programming option will receive weekly group and individual therapy sessions, along with monthly family therapy sessions and multidisciplinary treatment team meetings with their psychiatrist.
Whatever your child’s or teen’s ongoing needs may be, you should feel assured that the staff here at our treatment center in North Mississippi will do everything in our power to help them continue on their path to success.