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May 2008

Impulse control disorder

by Staff, on impulse control disorder, kleptomania, pyromania, teen issues, troubled teenagers

Impulse control disorders are a relatively new class of personality disorders characterized by an ongoing inability to resist impulses to perform actions that are harmful to oneself or others. The most common of these are intermittent explosive disorder, kleptomania, pyromania and compulsive gambling disorder. Also, Repetitive self-mutilation is considered by some experts to be a type of impulse control disorder. In this condition, people cause intentional harm to themselves through…