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

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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 Millcreek of Pontotoc 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, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Millcreek of Pontotoc Treatment Center.

  • 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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Causes & Effects of Impulse Control Disorder

Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of impulse control and get help for your child, teen, or young adult.

Understanding Impulse Control

Learn about impulse control

When a child or adolescent is struggling with an impulse control disorder, he or she often has the desire to control impulses despite the intrusive obsessions, compulsions, and preoccupations that envelop the thought processes of these individuals. These processes of thoughts are often overwhelming to sufferers and the resulting effect is giving into the impulses regardless of their potential for harm. The following conditions are examples of impulse control disorders that involve these intrusive thoughts and subsequent behaviors:

Kleptomania: Stealing is the focus of those who are diagnosed with kleptomania. People with this illness often have the awareness that stealing is not socially acceptable and is an illegal activity, yet still struggle to resist the urge to take what does not belong to them.

Intermittent explosive disorder: Children and adolescents who suffer from intermittent explosive disorder, also known as IED, often present with physical and emotional outbursts of anger that are not appropriate responses to the initial trigger that caused them. Young people with IED may damage property, become violent towards others, or instigate violence by being hostile towards caregivers, peers, or other individuals.

Pyromania: When a youth experiences intense urges to ignite things on fire, he or she is most like suffering from pyromania. Children and adolescents with this mental health condition are at risk of injuring themselves or others as the behavior associated with this illness can cause a great deal of destruction and physical injury.

Compulsive sexual behaviors: Intense urges to constantly masturbate, engage in promiscuous or voyeuristic behavior, partake in exhibitionism or fetishism, or frequently watching pornography are signs that infer a person is struggling with compulsive, sexually maladaptive behaviors. Cornerstone to these behaviors is the intrusive compulsions to engage in sexual behavior regardless of the harm to self or others.

Treatment for Impulse Control Disorders is available and can significantly reduce the harmful effects that are known to be caused by the presence of such disorders. Furthermore, care for impulse control disorders can improve the lives of young people who suffer from them as treatment can instill new methods for coping and improve the self-esteem of children and adolescents afflicted with this form of mental illness.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for impulse control

Several studies on impulse control disorders have suggested that there are a certain causes and risk factors that cause a person to develop these types of mental health conditions. Genes, psyiological composition, influences from a person’s environment, and other risk factors are believed to greatly impact the onset of an impulse control disorder’s symptoms. The following elaborations on these beliefs are discussed below:

Genetic: Mental health experts and researchers have deduced that impulse control disorders can be inherited from one’s biological parent or parents. This finding was concluded when it was found that impulse control disorders are prevalent among people who share genes.

Physical: Everyone possesses chemicals in their brains that regulate impulses. Children and adolescents who suffer from impulse control disorders are known to have imbalanced chemicals that perform this function, and subsequently present with symptoms synonymous with an impulse control disorder. Additionally, people with impulse control disorders are known to have imbalanced neurochemicals that hinder mood regulation and the ability to form memories.

Environmental: The manifestation of an impulse control disorder’s symptoms can be triggered by certain environmental circumstances. Children and adolescents who are raised in chronically stressful home environments, or who are exposed to violence or overt aggression, are vulnerable to the development of an impulse control disorder. Lastly, young persons who are victims of abuse or neglect, experience trauma, or are intensely bullied by peers are more susceptible to this type of mental health condition.

Risk Factors:

  • Being male
  • Being of younger age
  • Personal history of mental illness
  • Family history of impulse control disorders or other mental illnesses
  • Being the victim of a trauma
  • Exposure to violence
  • Experiencing abuse and/or neglect
  • Exposure to aggression
  • Family or personal history of substance use, abuse, or addiction
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of impulse control

The signs and symptoms of an impulse control disorder can sometimes be obvious depending on the disorder. However, some symptoms may not be so observable. If you feel your child is struggling with this type of mental illness, it is crucial that treatment is sought to lessen the severity or eliminate the following signs and symptoms of an impulse control disorder:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Lying
  • Omitting
  • Engaging in risky behaviors
  • Promiscuity
  • Overtly aggressive behaviors towards people
  • Destruction of property
  • Starting fires
  • Stealing

Physical symptoms:

  • Physical injuries as a result of acting out behaviors
  • Burns due to starting fires
  • Presence of sexually transmitted diseases or infections due to engaging in risky sexual behavior

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Obsessive thinking
  • Easily agitated
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Excessive irritability
  • Poor concentration

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Feelings of regret
  • Abrupt mood changes
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Social withdrawal or isolation
  • Detached feeling from emotions and surroundings
  • Elevated levels of anxiety
  • Depression
  • Feelings of guilt

Effects of impulse control

Due to the lack of power a person has over impulses when an impulse control disorder is present, there are various effects and consequences that are known to take place when a person does not receive care to alleviate symptoms of such a disorder. When a young person struggles to control impulses, the following are known to occur:

  • Development of another mental illness
  • Substance abuse, addiction, and/or dependence
  • Academic failure
  • Disciplinary action at school
  • Expulsion from school
  • Interaction with the legal system
  • Inability to form relationships with others
  • Inability to acquire or maintain a job
  • Physical injury from engaging in risky behaviors
Co-Occurring Disorders

Impulse control and co-occurring disorders

Impulse control disorders, especially when children and adolescents suffer from them, can bring about symptoms of another mental illness. Additionally, other mental health conditions can trigger the onset of an impulse control disorder. The following disorders are co-occurring disorders that can appear at the same time as an impulse control disorder:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Conduct disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance use disorders

I feel so much happier and healthier after getting help at Millcreek of Pontotoc.

– A former patient