Impulse Control Disorder

An impulse control disorder is the failure to resist a temptation, urge or impulse that can cause harm to oneself or others. The signs and symptoms of an impulse control disorder vary depending on age, the environment in which they are living and the type of disorder they are struggling with such as; , sexual compulsion, internet addiction, compulsive shopping, trichotillomania (hair pulling), onychophagia (nail biting), pyromania (starting fires), intermittent explosive disorder (aggressive episodes) and kleptomania (stealing).

The difference between an impulse control disorder (ICD) and an obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is impulsivity is characterised by rapid, unplanned reactions to internal or external stimuli with a disregard for the negative consequences. Compulsivity refers to repetitive behaviours performed in accordance to rules or rituals to prevent negative consequences.


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