... cognitive behavioral therapy but is there a medication that would help with the severity of his aggression?
Hi, IED parent,
I checked with IED here on drugs.com and found the following meds used IN COMBINATION with cognitive behavioral therapy:
Different types of drugs may help in the treatment of intermittent explosive disorder. These medications include:
Antidepressants, such as fluoxetine (Prozac) and others
Anticonvulsants, such as carbamazepine (Tegretol), oxcarbazepine (Trileptal), phenytoin (Dilantin), topiramate (Topamax) and lamotrigine (Lamictal)
Anti-anxiety agents in the benzodiazepine family, such as lorazepam (Ativan) and clonazepam (Klonopin)
Mood stabilizers, such as lithium (Lithobid)
We all want a pill to fix everything, but this is a complicated disease that usually affects men about 20 years of age.
Your son definitely should be evaluated by a psychiatrist who specializes in IED in children. Realize that treatment with psychotherapy and medication is trial and error not an immediate fix. If you live in a small town, you may need to find a psychiatrist in a larger city that is qualified to treat a child with IED. God bless you and let patience and prayer be your guide.
All the best,
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