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Episodic dyscontrol syndrome

Very little is known about episodic dyscontrol syndrome. It refers to a condition where people are frequently violent and react uncontrollably to things that most others would shrug off. It can affect both children and adults, but it is believed that it affects boys more than girls, and people in urban areas are at higher risk than those living in rural areas.

Causes of episodic dyscontrol syndrome

The cause of episodic dyscontrol syndrome is unknown; some believe it is down to family history and being brought up in a violent environment, some believe it is due to parents not reacting when a child plays up and throws a huge tantrum, and some believe it can be caused by a child having a strong bond with one parent and no strong bond with the other parent.

Violent behaviour

It is important to recognise that violent behaviour cannot be blamed on episodic dyscontrol syndrome. The symptoms are easy enough to spot: if someone destroys property, has repeated acts of verbal and physical aggression and if small things send them into a rage, these could all be indicators that something is wrong.

Children with episodic dyscontrol

If the person in question is a child, be sure to correct the behaviour before it gets out of hand. One of the most important things to bear in mind is that you must be consistent. Try to stop aggression before it begins; if you notice them getting frustrated, try to distract them before they get angry. Never resort to physical discipline - this can make them more angry and teach them to hit when angry. Keep an eye on what they are playing, listening to and watching. Violent films or games can teach them that violence is normal.

Episodic dyscontrol syndrome therapy

It is important to seek help for this illness as it can lead to getting into trouble with the law, it can force wedges in relationships and it can make having a normal social life very difficult. Therapy is probably the most effective treatment against episodic dyscontrol syndrome, but if that fails medication may be required.

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