Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
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 Lakeland Behavioral Health System 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 Lakeland Behavioral Health System.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and 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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Aggression Treatment Center for Children, Adolescents & Older Adults in Missouri

Lakeland Behavioral Health System helps individuals struggling with aggression build a strong foundation for long-term recovery. Serving Springfield, Missouri, Lakeland is the leading provider of psychiatric treatment for children and adolescents.

Learn More About Aggression Treatment

Learn More About Aggression Treatment at Lakeland Behavioral Health System in Missouri

Aggression has been defined as destructive, injurious or damaging, physical or verbal actions targeting other people, property or oneself. Aggression, which is aimed inward, may be demonstrated as self-injurious behavior. Aggressive behavior can also be viewed as actions which are impulsive or reactive and which frequently culminate in breaking rules or laws, going against social norms, or failure to respect the rights of others.

There are countless potential triggers for aggression that differ based on the person. Common triggers identified include:

  • Anger
  • Misunderstandings
  • Nutritional deficits
  • Feeling unsure of oneself
  • Confusion
  • Discomfort
  • Fear
  • Over-arousal and Over-stimulation
  • Fatigue
In addition, aggression can be expressed in a number of ways including:
  • Physical
  • Verbal
  • Psychological
  • Emotional
  • Social
  • Online

Experts have also posted a number of purposes that aggression may serve for different people. These include:

  • To communicate anger, enmity or resentment
  • To establish dominance and control
  • To frighten, coerce or threaten
  • To attain a goal without putting in the requisite effort
  • To convey ownership
  • A reaction to fear
  • A response to pain
  • To compete with others while putting them at a disadvantage

Aggression is not always viewed as maladaptive. Most experts consider it to be a normal and frequently occurring behavior in young children developing social assertiveness, understanding competition in a manner that does not result in harm to others and meeting the normal challenges inherent in everyday life. Yet some say that there is a fine line between assertiveness and aggression, and goals such as these are facilitated by assertive actions and not aggressive ones.

There are numerous populations in which aggression is frequently observed, for example in the developmentally delayed and seniors with dementia, and it appears in all age groups across the lifespan.

Aggression as a Symptom

Disorders with Aggression as a Main Characteristic

Aggression is also one of the main symptoms of disruptive behavior disorders as well as other disorders. Disorders that fall in this category include:

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder
  • Sadistic Personality Disorder
  • Substance Use Disorder
  • Paranoid Personality Disorder
  • Authoritarian Personality Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Schizophrenia

Types of Treatment

Types of Aggression Treatment Offered at Lakeland Behavioral Health System in Missouri

Medication Therapy

Stimulant Medication, Mood Stabilizers, and Typical/Atypical Anti-psychotics have proven useful in limiting aggressive and destructive behaviors in children diagnosed with conduct disorder, ADHD, ODD, and co-morbid low IQ. While research supports these treatments for children who are developmentally delayed, it has not been shown to be effective in children with low IQ and co-morbid pervasive developmental disorder, autism, psychosis, head injury or seizure disorders.

Methylphenidate – This stimulant has proven extremely effective in treating ADHD including episodes of aggression.  Recent studies have also shown this medication is effective in treating acting out behaviors in children with conduct disorder.

Mood Stabilizers and Typical/Atypical Anti-psychotics – The mood stabilizer lithium, commonly used for bipolar disorder, has been shown to be effective in decreasing aggression in children with treatment-resistant aggressive conduct disorder ages 5 to 12.  The typical anti-psychotics including haloperidol, thioridazine and chlorpromazine are frequently used to treat aggression found in severe explosive disorders in children.  The atypical anti-psychotic Risperidone has been used successfully to decrease or eliminate aggressive behavior in children with ADHD.

Behavior Therapy

Behavior therapy has been shown to help control aggression in children and adolescents with ODD, ADHD, and CD. These techniques are based on learning principles and parents are taught different techniques such as reinforcement, ignoring, and alternate disciplinary strategies to help the child learn to control their anger. Parents are also provided with strategies to manage their own frustration.

Continuing Care

Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment for Aggression

When you have completed your treatment for aggression here at Lakeland’s behavioral health center in Missouri, we will do everything we can to ensure that a plan is put in place for continuity of care. You will work closely with a discharge planner in order to determine the next best step in your treatment process. We will also connect you and your family members with needed community resources after leaving the treatment clinic. If additional treatment is needed, we will help you to identify the most appropriate option. For some, this may be a Residential Program, a less intense Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) or Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). If it has been determined that you are ready to leave Lakeland’s treatment center and return home, we will work with you and your family members to make sure that everyone feels comfortable with the aftercare plan.


Marks of Quality Care
  • Arkansas Juvenile Officers Association
  • Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • Missouri Hospital Association
  • Missouri Juvenile Justice Association
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • Tricare
  • The Jason Foundation

My son's aggression disorder seemed to be getting worse every day. I was starting to lose hope when other treatment options were either not working or were just exacerbating the issue. That's when we found Lakeland, the only treatment option that helped my son learn better ways to express his emotions. I am thankful to the caring and patient staff at Lakeland!

– Colin S.