Aggression, Impulsivity, and Personality Disorders

Larry J. Siever and Joshua E. Kuluva

in The Oxford Handbook of Impulse Control Disorders

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195389715
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199940431 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Aggression, Impulsivity, and Personality Disorders

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Aggressivity and impulsivity are traits that are core features of the Cluster B personality disorders. Within these disorders, impulsive aggression leads to a significant amount of morbidity and mortality. This type of behavior is intrinsically linked to violence, suicide, and substance abuse. In this chapter, we will discuss the phenomenology of these traits, the neurobiology of impulsive aggression, and some potential treatment options. We will conclude with some thoughts on the future direction of research in this filed.

Keywords: personality disorders; impulse control disorders; impulsive aggression neurobiology; serotonin; orbitofrontal cortex; TPH2; 5HT2A; treatment

Article.  10931 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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