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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 treatments for the condition?

Counseling is aimed at helping a person with an impulse control disorder respond to appropriate social limits. Sometimes medication is used when a person is very aggressive. There are groups such as Gamblers Anonymous that can be helpful in some cases.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Side effects depend on the medication used, and may include drowsiness and allergic reactions.

What happens after treatment for the condition?

An impulse control disorder can generally be controlled with medication. The person may need to continue the medication to help prevent the aggressive outbursts. Counseling may need to be continued for an extended period of time. A person may attend meetings to help prevent the specific behaviors, such as gambling.

How is the condition monitored?

An impulse control disorder is monitored by the person affected and his or her family. The police may be involved when stealing or pyromania is involved.

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

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