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Impulse Control Disorders: Social Factors

This entry describes the social and psychosocial factors that have relevance to impulse control disorders (ICDs). The entry begins first with the public health significance of ICDs and is followed by a discussion on how social and psychosocial factors relate to problematic Internet use, gambling disorder, kleptomania, intermittent explosive disorder, and pyromania.

Impulse Control Disorders and Public Health Significance

ICDs are a group of mental health disorders characterized by impulsivity or poor self-control. Impulsivity is a multifactorial construct that can be conceptualized as a person’s predisposition or inclination toward automatic, rapid, and involuntary reactions to stimuli. These reactions may occur with diminished consideration of or reflection on the undesired or negative consequences that may result. This can also be viewed as reduced or impaired self-control or self-regulation ...

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