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Impulse-Control Disorders

Alternate Names : Severe Social Behavior Problems, Severe Acting Out

Impulse-Control Disorders | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?

A person with an impulse control disorder cannot regulate or control the impulse to engage in a certain behavior. This can be any behavior, but the most common include:

  • pathological gambling, in a condition known as compulsive gambling disorder
  • pyromania or fire-setting
  • stealing
  • tricotillomania, or compulsively pulling out one's own hair
  • intermittent and isolated explosive episodes of aggression that cause bodily harm and/or property destruction. This disorder is known as intermittent explosive disorder.
  • Before committing the act, the person may feel increasingly tense. At the time of committing the act, he or she may experience pleasure, gratification, or release. Right after the act, he or she may or may not feel regret, self-reproach, or guilt.

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    Impulse-Control Disorders: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Ann Reyes, Ph.D.
    Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Date Reviewed: 07/02/01

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