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Impulse control disorders

Susan L. McElroy and Paul E. Keck Jr.

in New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199696758
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191743221 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0115
Impulse control disorders

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Growing research shows that the impulse control disorders are much more common than once thought to be. The consistency of the ‘structure’ of the irresistible impulse (a core disturbance of impulsivity and compulsivity) together with increasing research showing that it responds to certain treatments, especially cognitivebehavioural psychotherapies and medical treatments with thymoleptic or anticraving properties, regardless of its ‘content’ (the specific impulse experienced), strongly suggest that it is an important psychopathological symptom, and that impulse control disorders are legitimate mental disorders that are in fact likely to be related despite their apparent differences. This chapter first defines impulse control disorders, and then summarizes available research on the clinical features, epidemiology, psychiatric comorbidity, family studies, psychobiology, and treatment response of the most common of these conditions

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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