Impulse Control Disorders and Older Adults

Rani A. Desai

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

 Impulse Control Disorders and Older Adults

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Impulse control disorders (ICDs) are not well studied in the elderly, as the development of ICDs tend to decrease with age. Although less prevalent than younger patients, older adults with ICDs—psychological gambling in particular—may have unique assessment and treatment challenges as a result of their age, elaborate social community, comorbid medical conditions, and attitudes about mental health treatment. This chapter discusses the phenomenology of excessive gambling and other ICDs in elders, unique risk factors for this older population, and some potential treatment options. The chapter concludes with some thoughts on the future directions for research in this field.

Keywords: impulse control; gambling; substance abuse; older adults; assessment; treatment

Article.  5476 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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