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Impulse Control Disorders: Cultural Factors

Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders is a new chapter in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), and includes pyromania (firesetting), kleptomania (impulsive stealing), and intermittent explosive disorder (IED; aggressive outbursts) and other specified and unspecified disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders. Other specified impulse-control disorders may include out of control sexual behavior, compulsive shopping, and problematic Internet use and mobile phone use. Characteristics of impulse-control disorders are the inability to control emotions and behaviors, triggered by an uncontrollable tense urge that when acted on tends to offer a temporary pleasure, often ridden with guilt. Unlike previous DSM editions, the new diagnostic classification, established in 2013, does not include trichotillomania or gambling disorders. However, the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and ...

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