Impulse Control Disorders (ICD)

Impulse Control Disorders (ICD) are a category of psychiatric disorders that feature impulsivity (taking action without considering the consequences) as a primary symptom. The most concerning types of impulses are the ones that are potentially harmful to the self or others. Many psychiatric disorders such as substance-related disorders, behavioral addictions, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, conduct disorder, and some mood disorders have impulsivity as a symptom.

There are five identified steps that are characteristic of impulsivity disorders;: impulse, growing tension, pleasure on acting, relief from the urge and finally (not necessarily) a sense of guilt.

The DSM-5 includes a new chapter that covers Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders covering disorders "characterized by problems in emotional and behavioral self-control." This new section covers conditions such as intermittent explosive disorder (IED), kleptomania, and pyromania.

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