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Impulse Control Disorders

Impulse Control Disorders are common behavioural health conditions in which affected person(s) usually experience severe impairments in their social and occupational functioning and may often cause social and financial difficulties.

Impulse Control Disorders

Facts To Know!!

  • Individuals with kleptomania (types of impulse control disorder) are more likely to suffer from Obsessive-compulsive disorder than the general population.
  • Impulse control disorders typically begin in adolescence or in childhood.
  • Impulse control and performance disorders also co-occur with a variety of other mental health problems.
  • About 10.5 per cent of the general population is reported to have an impulse control disorder, according to statistics from the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).
  • Males may be significantly more susceptible than females to impulse control disorders

Impulse Control Disorders

Watch short video introduction on what Impulse Control Disorders looks like.

What causes Impulse Control Disorders?

  • Children and adolescents with family members who are dealing with illnesses and mood disorders are more likely to develop symptoms of impulse control disorders.

  • There is a high risk that when particular brain structures related to emotional processing, planning and memory become imbalanced, there could be signs of impulse control behaviours.

  • Environmental factors can play a significant role in the occurrence of behaviour patterns that are symptomatic of impulse control disorders.

  • Hormones linked to violence and aggression, such as testosterone, may play a role in the development of this disorder.





Inability to control impulses

Acting out aggressively

Compulsive lying


Symptoms of Impulse Control Disorders?


  • Cognitive therapy examines the way people’s thoughts about themselves, others, and the world affects their mental health.

  • Practising meditation can help one to recognize what might be an unproductive state of mind, so you can pause before you act.

  • Psycho educating family will allow you and your loved ones to understand impulse control disorder in a better way. It will also help both of you find ways to minimise this behaviour.

  • Family counselling can help people recover and heal. It will encourage all family members to bring about realistic, substantive improvements as individual recovery progresses.

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