Impulse Control Disorder

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Impulse Control Disorder

Impulse Control DisorderImpulse control disorder is an ongoing inability to resist impulses to perform actions that are harmful to oneself or others. These are the six categories that are most commonly reconized: intermittent explosive disorder , kleptomania, pyromania, compulsive gambling disorder, trichotillomania, and some that are not specified.


Symptoms: Kleptomania is the recurrent failure to resist urges to steal items that you generally don't really need. Many people with kleptomania live lives of secret shame because they're afraid to seek mental health treatment. Treatment: Although there's no cure for kleptomania, treatment with medication or psychotherapy may be able to help end the cycle of compulsive stealing.


Symptoms: This disorder is the uncontrollable urge to keep gambling despite the toll it takes on your life. If you're prone to compulsive gambling, you may deplete savings, accumulate debt, or even resort to theft or fraud to support your addiction.Treatment: Although treating compulsive gambling can be challenging, many compulsive gamblers have found help through professional treatment.

Compulsive Gambling

Symptoms: This is a disorder that involves recurrent, irresistible urges to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows or other areas of your body, despite trying to stop.Hair pulling from the scalp often leaves patchy bald spots, which causes significant distress and can interfere with social or work functioning. Treatment: Cognitive-behavioral therapy and medications have helped many people reduce their hair pulling or stop entirely.

Symptoms: This is a disorder where patients purposeful set things on fire more than one occasion. Tension occur before the act, and pleasure, gratification, or relief is felt while setting fire.The fire setting is not done for monetary gain, it is to express anger or vengeance, to improve one’s living circumstances, in response to a delusion or hallucination.Treatment: Case-management approach appears to be more useful for a child. Medication and long-turm insight-oriented psychotherapy is recomended for adults.


Intermittent Explosive Disorder

Symptoms: This disorder involves repeated episodes of aggressive, violent behavior or angry verbal outbursts in which you react grossly to a situation, like domestic abuse, throwing or breaking objects. Later, people with IED feel remorse, regret or embarrassment.Treatment: medications and psychotherapy can help you control your aggressive impulses.



1.Addictions to alcohol or drugs2.Compulsive eating disorders3.Paraphilias sexual fantasies and sexual behaviors involving non-human objects or suffering4.Pathological skin picking5.Compulsive buying6.many other unspecified

What causes it?1.neurotransmitters2.inherited genetic factors3.Disruptive and violent childhood experiences4.action that temporarily relieves tension and stress5.learned

How many are affected?Pathological Gambling-1 to 3% Kleptomania-less than 1%Trichotillomania-1 to 4%Pyromania-less than 1%Intermittent Explosive Disorder- 4 to 5% of the general population.


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