Impulse Control DisorderEdit
Impulse Control Disorder: The inability to resist the impulse to perform an action that is harmful to yourself or others. They include addictions to alcohol or drugs, eating disorders, compulsive gambling, sexual fantasies and behaviors, suffering, stealing, and intermittent explosive attacks of rage. Usually, a person feels increasing tension or arousal before committing the act that characterizes the disorder. During the act, the person probably will feel pleasure, gratification or relief. Afterward, the person may blame himself or feel regret or guilt.
People with these disorders may or may not plan the acts, but the acts generally fulfill their immediate wishes. Most people, however, find their disorders highly distressing and feel a loss of control over their lives.
- "What Are Impulse Control Disorders? | Psych Central." Psych Central Trusted information in mental health and psychology. Web. 10 Dec. 2009. <http://psychcentral.com/lib/2007/what-are-impulse-control-disorders/>.