Impulse Control Disorders
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What Are Impulse Control Disoders?
“Impulse control disorders” is an umbrella term that refers to a class of mental health conditions that cause problems with self-control. People with impulse control disorders often struggle to control their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. While people suffering from impulse control disorders often recognize the irrationality of their own behavior, they are unable to manage it themselves. These destructive mental health disorders not only make people feel helpless, but they can cause destruction when individuals harm others or violate laws or social taboos.
Impulse control disorders are also associated with a variety of other mental health conditions, especially substance use disorder. Because people with impulse control disorders struggle to control their own actions, it is easy for them to quickly develop addictions to drugs and alcohol. It is common for people with mental health conditions to engage in substance abuse as a form of self-medication as well. Unfortunately, drugs and alcohol are likely to exacerbate the symptoms of most impulse control disorders. People suffering from co-occurring substance use disorders and impulse control disorders require care for both conditions in order to make progress in their lives.
Preliminary research shows that males are somewhat more likely to suffer from impulse control disorders. These conditions are likely to first manifest themselves during adolescence, when most people are beginning to struggle with self-control. However, unlike traditionally impulsive teenagers, those with impulse control disorders often experience more severe long term consequences as a result of breaking laws or engaging in violent behavior. It is important to address the symptoms and root causes of an impulse control disorder as early as possible to prevent it from developing down the line.
Unfortunately, impulse control disorders are very often misdiagnosed. As a result, many people with impulse control disorders do not receive the treatment they need. These treatments include a variety of therapeutic modalities, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy. For some individuals, medications can be used to reduce the volatility of emotions and impulses.
Common Mental Health Disorders
With the internet now a ubiquitous part of everyday life, and many people spending unhealthy amounts of time on their smartphones, it can be difficult to tell when someone has an internet browsing addiction. People suffering from internet addiction, however, are distinct in that they use the internet as their primary means of escapism and pleasure. One of the primary effects of internet addiction is the way it interferes with a person’s ability to function effectively in the world. Internet addiction symptoms include withdrawal from social life, a loss of interest in offline activities, a sense of losing control of ones own behavior, and continued internet abuse despite consequences.
Intermetent Explosive Disorder
Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) affects approximately 16 million Americans. Sometimes known colloquially as explosive anger disorder, the condition caused people to react to triggers with disproportionate rage. These outbursts, which rarely last longer than an hour, are often experienced as a sense of release, though they may be followed by intense feelings of remorse. The DSM-5 categorizes IED as an impulse control disorder, since outbursts are not premeditated and serve no functional purpose. With a lack of medications designed to directly treat IED, friends and family are often left wondering how to deal with intermittent explosive disorder. While some SSRIs and mood stabilizers have proven to help with some intermittent explosive disorder symptoms, intermittent explosive disorder treatment usually involves counseling. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective therapeutic method, and research has shown that explosive rage disorder symptoms subside in most patients after only 12 weeks of CBT treatment.