Disorders of Impulse Control

D. W. Woods, D. C. Houghton, I. Snorrason

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Impulse control disorders are characterized by repetitive and dysregulated behaviors, often resulting in bodily harm or antisocial activities. Changes in the classification of these disorders in DSM-5 have separated these disorders into two distinct groups. Habit behaviors and disorders are now thought to be related to obsessive compulsive disorders (OCDs), while other disruptive and impulsive conditions are now grouped with other antisocial and oppositional disorders. Additionally, while research has identified effective treatments for some, others remain poorly understood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Mental Health
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780123970459
ISBN (Print)9780123977533
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Aggression
  • Compulsive
  • Delay discounting
  • Fire setting
  • Habits
  • Hair pulling
  • Impulsivity
  • Nail biting
  • Obsessive
  • Skin picking
  • Stealing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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