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What is Impulse Control Disorder?
Factors and Causes Of Impulse Control Disorders
Some control disorders could be inherited genetically or you can inherit tendencies that can increase your chance of getting a disorder. Many people who had childhood, emotional, physical, drug, alcohol, and verbal abuse or other traumas at an adolescent age seem to get one of the several major types of control disorders when they are older. Also, an important risk factor is being male because being male increases your chance of abusing drugs and alcohol. Lastly, if you already had a preexisting mental illness or a family history of a disorder, it'll be easier for you to get one.
Symptoms of Impulse Control
Symptoms of impulse control can vary based on age, environment, gender, and the type of impulse control disorder the person may have.

Behavioral symptoms in adolescents can include aggression, engaging in risk sexual activities, stealing, and lying.

Physical symptoms includes STD's, burns, and injuries sustained during physical fights.

Cognitive symptoms can be agitation and irritability, lack of patience, and a difficulty in concentration.

Psychological symptoms of impulse control disorder may be low self-esteem, emotional detachment, an increase in anxiety levels, and depression.
A Brief Description
Impulse Control Disorders are conditions a person develops due to their low ability to control their impulses. People with an ICD do not have the ability or self-control to resist their impulses to do certain things such as causing harm to themselves or others. Some ICDs drugs and alcohol addiction, eating disorders such as anorexia, compulsive gambling, sexual fantasies and behaviors involving non-human objects, suffering, compulsive hair pulling, stealing, fire setting and intermittent explosive attacks of rage. Some of these disorders, such as intermittent explosive disorder, kleptomania (stealing), pyromania (fire-setting), and trichotillomania (hair-pulling), are similar in terms of origin and progression. Usually, a person feels increasing tension or arousal before committing the act that characterizes the disorder. During, the person probably will feel pleasure, gratification or relief. Afterward, the person may blame himself or feel regret or guilt.

There isn't exactly one medication that will fix it all but there are factors that will help. For example habit revision, medications such as antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and opioid antagonist. Talking to a therapist has also been proven to help. Remembering to surround yourself with a positive environment will help.
Treatment Options
Types of ICDs
BY: Emma C., Isabella G., Jennifer M., Alexia T.
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