Impulse Control Disorder

Specialty. Psychiatry, clinical psychology. Impulse-control disorder (ICD) is a class of psychiatric disorders characterized by impulsivity – failure to resist a temptation, an urge, or an impulse; or having the inability to not speak on a thought.


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Wiki Number: W104
Diagnosis: Impulse Control Disorder
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Brain Area: striatum
Symptoms: impulsivity-failure to resist a temptation, an urge, or having the inability not to speak on a thought: sexual compulsion,
Progression: internet addiction, compulsive shopping, pyromania, intermittent explosive disorder, kleptomania, trichotillomania
Causes: complications of late Parkinson’s disease, alcohol dependence, obsessive-compulsive disorder
Medications: varies by type of impulse;
Therapies: CBT, varies by type of impulse


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  • Amantadine Revisited: A Contender for Initial Treatment in Parkinson's Disease?
    by Sarah Marmol on October 14, 2021

    The best practice for the initiation of symptomatic motor treatment for Parkinson's disease is an ongoing topic of debate. Fueled by interpretation of the results of the LEAP and MED Parkinson's disease studies, many practitioners opt for early initiation of levodopa formulations, avoiding dopamine agonists to circumvent potential deleterious side effects, namely impulse control disorder. Compared with levodopa, monoamine oxidase inhibitors may lack necessary potency. Ignored in this academic...

  • Examining emotion regulation in binge-eating disorder
    by Anna Walenda on October 11, 2021

    CONCLUSIONS: Our results indicate an essential and still insufficiently understood role of emotional dysregulation in BED. An especially important construct in this context seems to be alexithymia, which was strongly related to the majority of emotion regulation difficulties. Therefore, it might be beneficial to pay special attention to this construct when planning therapeutic interventions, as well as to the maladaptive emotion regulation strategies self-blame and catastrophizing, which were...

  • Diminished culpability in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD)
    by Natalie Novick Brown on October 9, 2021

    There is a biological basis for diminished criminal responsibility in offenders with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) just as there is in those with intellectual disability. Functional limitations affecting cognition in both neurodevelopmental conditions stem directly from structural brain damage at a gross and molecular level, which usually impairs executive functioning among other cognitive skills. Executive functioning, which includes reasoning and impulse control, is the only neural...

  • The Sichuan Mental Health Survey: Methodology
    by Rong-Cheng Su on October 4, 2021

    The Sichuan Mental Health Survey (SMHS) is a provincially representative survey with a coherent methodology to obtain the prevalence of multiple mental disorders and data of services used and to analyze the psychological and social risk factors or correlates in Sichuan, China. Mental disorders include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, and other psychotic disorders, drug use and alcohol use disorders, impulse control disorder, and eating disorders. A cross-sectional design is...