Emergency pills one can take just before a temper tantrum?

<p>DO such pills exist? Could valium just work fine? Just wondering...</p>

<p>If a person has enough time before losing his/her temper to think about, find, and take a pill, this seems very hopeful in terms of the person being able to learn behavioral techniques to lessen or avert the tantrum and having time to think about and apply those techniques instead of blowing up. At the moment that the person was thinking, "I'm about to have a temper tantrum; better get that pill down!" he/she could instead think about the techniques he had learned and start to apply them. This would give the person a lot more control over his/her life than popping a situation-specific pill ever could. Not to mention, behavioral techniques could work right away whereas it's hard to think of a pill with an instant impact! The U of Washington happens to have an excellent graduate program in clinical psychology where cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques are taught. I don't know if you're asking for yourself or someone else, but if the person who has this issue is nearby, I wonder if the clinic connected to the U of W psych. department might have someone on staff who could help.</p>

<p>I don't know of anything instant for temper tantrums, but if it's anxiety based Ativan could work. It works in about 5-10 min if stuck under the tongue.</p>

<p>Problem with behavioral techniques - it may work for a particular situation for a while, but if it comes to a completely different situation and I get overwhelmed, I might not be able to remind myself to calm down before the temper tantrum takes over me...</p>

<p>What of valium and the other benzos though? Anything that can induce drowsiness/unconsciousness may work for those. My temper tantrums aren't that frequent, so I probably can handle something like Valium...</p>

<p>it's addictive and can cause you to crave the experience and you don't learn how to handle it properly. That's why people get hooked, my friends mother took those drugs to ease the pain of her grief and she jusst zzzzed out and now she , it's like her body is reacting to not taking the drugs andshe freaks even more. But, I think she's exercising to help herself. My friend says at my home all the time to do homework.</p>

<p>Health stores will have a herb which called valerian. It is used as calming medicine throughout Europe with great success. There is no side effect or addiction. It is sold as a medicine/ pill or extract/ in pharmacies in Europe/ non prescriptional/. Safe to use.</p>

<p>Look for a good cognitive behavioral therapist (CBT). He/she will help you learn to see the triggers and control the feelings before you head into a tantrum.</p>

<p>Good luck!</p>

<p>Herbal things are good for general temperament. I think you can buy some herbal drops from Whole Foods.</p>

<p>Pills are the last resort. Try behavioral techniques. They really work--they're not specific to the external situation that is bothering you. They help you control your internal issues. Pills are only there for people who have genuine physiological instabilities, not behavioral issues.</p>

<p>This largely depends on the cause of the tantrum. If it is caused by serotonin, someone could try just one over-the-counter Benedryl. The anti-histamine can have an effect on the seratonin uptake. I've found a reference to this effect in this article: <a href="http://psycserver.psyc.queensu.ca/beninger/PDF/RB2002/Halpert02NeurosciBiobehavRev26_61.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://psycserver.psyc.queensu.ca/beninger/PDF/RB2002/Halpert02NeurosciBiobehavRev26_61.pdf&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Xanax or valium.</p>

<p>tantrum may not be the best word here. That makes me think of a 5 year old who didn't get a cookie, which I'm sure is not the case for you. Can you be more specific / descriptive about what's going on? I think that would help people in giving you advice. </p>

<p>These sound like they may be manic or hypo manic episodes, but I dont know until you can tell us more!!</p>

<p>are you on the aspergers spectrum?
Kava Kava used to be available as a mouth spray to relieve anxiety- which I used for panic attacks- however it has both been taken off the market and don't need it anymore.
But a general recommendation would be to look at the cause-
I agree with behavior mod- to address triggers, also relieving general stress can help- increase nutrition, Bvitamins are needed for a healthy neuro system and regular aerobic exercise reduces stress.</p>

<p>Simfist: As a therapist, I recommend you get a correct evaluation before shooting fish in a barrel, which is what many of these comments are suggesting. It's very dangerous to experiment with any substance if not under a professional's care (this applies to herbs as well). Rages are symptomatic of many conditions and once you find the right approach -- usually a combination of talk therapy and meds -- you'll be fine. You live in Redmond, go to University of Washington mental health services for a great referral -- it's an outstanding university.</p>

<p>Well clinic services can be hit or miss IMO- I agree that the UW is a good school- but while it does have some research that is leading edge, they also have fellows in psychiatry who believe that unless you were diagnosed with ADD as a child, you couldn't have it as an adult ( even if it wasn't a diagnosis when I was a child)</p>

<p>Ive also had docs from CHDD ( at UW) tell me that even though my daughter seemed to be impervious to pain and tore strips of flesh from her feet, she couldn't be on the Autistic spectrum because she looked at you when you spoke to her.</p>

<p>So it pays to be as informed as you can be, even when consulting experts and don't take one opinion as gospel.</p>