Impulse Control Disorder
Impulse control disorder is a condition in which an individual has no control over his emotions and often ends up violating the rights of others. In general, males suffer from impulse control disorder more than females. Unfortunately, most of the time, the condition is left undiagnosed—usually, the therapy sessions and some medication help fight the impulse control disorder.
Types Of Impulse Control Disorder
Impulse control disorder usually begins at an early age in childhood or adolescence. It is subdivided into the following types.
- Intermittent Explosive Disorder – It is one of the most common conditions we see in our surroundings. Individuals suffering from the intermittent explosive disorder are impulsive, and anger bursts out more often. It is triggered by anything that often is not so serious but triggers anger in individuals, leading to aggression towards people, animals, and property. It usually lasts for not more than half an hour but causes severe damages to the relationships and household.
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder – In oppositional defiant disorder, the person loses his temper and gets annoyed more easily at minor issues. They often blame other people responsible for their problems. Such individuals face difficulty in working with other co-workers. Note that oppositional defiant disorder can also be observed in toddlers.
- Conduct Disorder – It is a condition that is not considered a psychiatric issue in our society. The majority of children and teenagers suffer from conduct disorder in which they feel pleasure by annoying others. Individuals with conduct disorder often destroy others’ property. Such individuals are often found skipping school and breaking other rules. Usually, this behavior is seen throughout childhood and teenage but is generally diagnosed as a conduct disorder after 18. These individuals face many difficulties in socializing and could not get easily adjusted to their workplace.
- Kleptomania – Kleptomania is a psychiatric condition about which a majority are unaware. The people suffering from kleptomania usually steal objects. They don’t steal things for themselves; instead, they often give the stolen object to someone else or throw it away. They sense a feeling of satisfaction after the theft.
- Pyromania – Pyromania is a less prevalent condition and much rare to other impulse control disorders. In this condition, people have an obsession with fire. They light fires to rid themselves of mounting tension, which gives them both relief and pleasure.
Impulsive control disorder is often correlated with substance abuse. Sometimes anxiety and depression also come with impulsive control disorder. If you or your loved one has any of the conditions mentioned above, don’t hesitate to seek medical help.