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Impulse Control Disorders: Risk for

Impulse control disorders (ICDs) are generally defined as conditions in which the individual is unable to control his or her behavior and/or emotions. These disorders are characterized by the inability to inhibit impulsive actions. Although earlier editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) restricted this diagnostic category to include intermittent explosive disorder (IED), kleptomania, pathological gambling, pyromania, and trichotillomania, the fifth edition of the DSM (DSM-5) more broadly classifies ICDs within “Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders” chapter, which includes IED, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), conduct disorder (CD), pyromania, and kleptomania (with pathological gambling and trichotillomania being reclassified as “Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders” and “Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders,” respectively). The new classification recognizes that the behaviors exhibited violate the rights of ...

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