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Impulse Control Disorders: Treatment

Impulse control disorders have been recognized within the area of psychiatry since 1838, when Jean Etienne Esquirol first defined these disorders as “monomanias” characterized by an individual fixating on an irrational action or desire, which is pursued without deviation to derive emotional gratification. Subsequent research directions, including work based in psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and neurobiological models, have also focused on the idea that a broad range of different diagnostic entities are characterized by impulsive traits.

The development of treatments for the impulse control disorders is an important area of research; however, the research base is at an early stage, with relatively few randomized controlled trials (RCTs), typically with relatively small sample sizes, having been undertaken, particularly in kleptomania, pyromania, and other specified conditions. However, a ...

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