Disruptive-Impulse Control & Conduct Disorders

Resources for Patients and Caregivers

These are a group of disorders that are linked by varying difficulties in controlling aggressive behaviors, self-control, and impulses. Typically, the resulting behaviors or actions are considered a threat primarily to others’ safety and/or to societal norms.  Some examples of these issues include fighting, destroying property, defiance, stealing, lying, and rule breaking.


Cluster Number:
Wiki Number: 13-Disruptive Impulse Control and Conduct Disorders
Diagnosis: 13-Wikipedia Impulse Control
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Symptoms: Impulsivity in resisting temptations, urges or inability not to speak
Progression: Stages include the impulse, growing tension, pleasure on acting, relief from acting and  guilt.
Causes: Besides hair-pulling and skin-picking, impulses may include sex, internet, shopping or pyromania.
Medications: Some are available.
Therapies: Systemaic desensitization, relaxation training, or learning alternative satisfactions.

Resources for Physicians, Counselors and Researchers


The world-wide medical research
reports chosen for each diagnosis 

Clicking each title opens the
PubMed article’s summary-abstract.

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    by Hannah Brock on January 1, 2022

    Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is often a disabling condition consisting of bothersome intrusive thoughts that elicit a feeling of discomfort. To reduce the anxiety and distress associated with these thoughts, the patient may employ compulsions or rituals. These rituals may be personal and private, or they may involve others to participate; the rituals are to compensate for the ego-dystonic feelings of the obsessional thoughts and can cause a significant decline in function.

  • Impulse Control Disorders
    by Kamron A. Fariba on January 1, 2022

    Impulsivity is a trait ubiquitous with human nature. What separates humans from life forms of lower sentience is the evolution of neurocircuitry within the prefrontal cortex that allows one to practice self-governance. Self-governance, or self-control, has many monikers. Moffitt, for example, uses the sobriquet conscientiousness to express this notion of self-restraint. Moreover, whatever moniker is assigned, all encompass the foundational notion of effortful self-regulation. Those who can, for...

  • A systematic review of the mental health risks and resilience among pollution-exposed adolescents
    by Linda C Theron on December 25, 2021

    Pollution is harmful to human physical health and wellbeing. What is less well established is the relationship between adolescent mental health - a growing public health concern - and pollution. In response, we systematically reviewed studies documenting associations between pollution and mental health in adolescents. We searched Africa Wide, Medline, PsycArticles, PsycInfo, PubMed, CINAHL, ERIC, SciELO, Scopus, and Web of Science Core Collection for studies published up to 10 April 2020 that...

  • Empirical evidence for robust personality-gaming disorder associations from a large-scale international investigation applying the APA and WHO frameworks
    by Christian Montag on December 22, 2021

    Disordered gaming has gained increased medical attention and was recently included in the eleventh International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) by the World Health Organization (WHO) after its earlier inclusion in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (fifth revision) (DSM-5) as an emerging disorder by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Although many studies have investigated associations between personality and disordered gaming, no previous research compared...