Impulse Control Disorder: Mental Health Disorder

Having an Impulse Control Disorder means that a specific individual is unable to control their wants or urges For say, individuals with impulse control disorder will have an awfully hard time resisting actions to either hurt themselves or even others

Most often, people with ICD will have an eating disorder, compulsive gambling issues and problems, and addictions to either or both alcohol and drugs Also suffering, frequent hair pulling, stealing, humiliation, fire setting, outbursts of raging attacks, and also a love or passion for sexual fantasies and actions involving non-human objects A person with ICD will often feel an increase rate of tension or strong expense before they do such actions to themselves, then will feel self-pleasure, relief, or even gratification Afterwards, they often feel guilty or regret the things they just took part in Other individuals who do not have ICD may not completely understand why someone who happens to have ICD would do those actions

An article entitled, "What Are Impulse Control Disorders?" by Daniel Ploskin states: 'People with these disorders may or may not plan the acts, but the acts generally fulfill their immediate, conscious wishes' Most people, however, find their disorders highly distressing and feel a loss of control over their lives The term "Impulse Control Disorder" is really the overall group name; as there are five sub-groups within this mental illness Those would include: Intermittent, Pyromania, Kleptomania, Trichotillomania, and pathological gambling Each sub-type consists of different symptoms but still connects to the overall characteristics of ICD

Intermittent, is a brutal side of ICD Individuals with Intermittent will often experience episodes, perhaps even a full show length, of violent and aggressive outbursts of anger When this happens: property is often destroyed, violence at home occurs, and along with physical assaults This will sometimes lead to legal consequences Pyromania, deals with repetitively setting fires on purpose

Those who have pyromania are often interested by fires and the lighting of fires, as it brings them relief; pleasure, or even gratification for them to set fires, and watch the destruction In addition, they also show passion for fire in general and fire related accessories; such as lighters or matches With Pyromania, victims only want to start fires, meaning not for: financial gain, showing anger, hiding a criminal act, or expressing a view point Kleptomania, is where people are unable to control their urges, so they steal objects, even if that object is not needed for a personal use nor if it has any value Those people usually feel an increasing build-up of tension before they steal; then they may feel acceptance, relief, or even pleasure while, or during the theft

Interestingly, people who are thieves for a career; meaning they steal for need or for substance abuse, or do not follow laws, are not considered to have kleptomania However, the individuals who do have kleptomania truly do not want to steal and will often feel guilty about it Trichotillomania, is a common action among many stressed out people But this is a specific characteristic that is being done on purpose: pulling out ones' hair, to show noticeable hair loss Children or adolescents who have trichotillomania will have a rising feeling of stress or tension before they pull out their hair; or even resisting the urge to pull it out

When the hair is pulled out: relief, acceptance, and pleasure are often felt Pathological gambling, is a reoccurring and constant behavior that is characterized if five or more of the following apply to you: having a preoccupation with gambling needing to gamble with increasingly larger amounts of money to achieve the same excitement having repeated unsuccessful efforts to control gambling telling lies to family members, therapists, and others to conceal extent of gambling involvement committing forgery, fraud, or theft to finance gambling being restless or irritable when trying to stop gambling gambling to escape problems or to relieve tension or other feelings jeopardizing or losing a significant job, relationship, or other opportunity due to gambling and relying on others to provide financial support due to financial difficulties caused by gambling ICD is diagnosed by psychological and psychiatric evaluations, along with interviews from family members, teachers, caregivers, and with observation and interviews with that specific individual Directly from an article entitled "Impulse control disorders" from the Encyclopedia of Children's Health states: "Impulse control disorders often have characteristics in common with other psychological disorders and often occur in conjunction with other conditions, such as ADHD or conduct disorder Therefore, a diagnosis of impulse control disorders may be difficult, and they are usually diagnosed after exclusion of other disorders" This means specific tests will be needed for the individual with which ever type of ICD they may have, to be performed by a professional in that field of study, who will determine if he/she is mentally healthier

Impulse Control Disorder may be treated with medication, psychotherapy, and a change in ones behavior Advanced and most often, long-term counseling and therapy will help overall Within family, members who have ICD may pass on the genes of the illness onto a child, but is not certain that the child will develop the illness It will depend on life style and if any similar characteristics will happen to them as it did to the parent, during childhood if they will develop ICD

The actual cause of ICD is still unknown, but may be linked to family genetics ICD may happen to either male or female Males have a greater risk for any of the types of ICD at 117% while females are at a lower 93%

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