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Impulse Control Disorders

psych project for class

Kendra Fein

on 12 November 2009

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Transcript of Impulse Control Disorders

Impulse Control Disorders Impulse control disorders: are a specific group of impulsive behaviors that have been accepted as psychiatric disorders. They are characterized by the inability to resist the sometimes harmful impulses. They are used to get instant gratification regardless of the long term consequences. Causes: may or may not be related to the disorder; unknown direct causes, but are some correlations to specific types. Some theoried causes are traumatic brain injury, and substance abuse. Types Tricholtillomania: uncontrollable plucking of one’s own hair Kleptomania: impulse to steal things that may be affordable or not even needed Pyromania: uncontrollable impulse to repeatedly set fires with no obvious motives Dermatillomania: picking of one’s own skin Intermittent Explosive Disorder: a sudden blasts of aggression with anger Other types: sexual addiction, self-mutilation, compulsive shoppers Treatment: They believe that the disorder is possibly linked by some common neurochemical abnormality involving low brain sertonin levels. Hopefully in the future there will be some pharmacological therapies. Pathological Gambling: uncontrolled compulsive gambling http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8YB3KIrXqs is more common among women is more common among men is more common among women is more common among men occurs in 1-3% of the population
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