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Impulse control disorders

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Contributors: Richard L. Barbano MD, PhD
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Synopsis

Impulse control disorders are characterized by the inability to resist an action even if it is harmful to oneself or others. The intense impulse is often preceded by increasing urge or internal tension with a sense of pleasure or relief of tension on giving in to performing the action. This may be followed by variable degrees of remorse or guilt. The impulse control disorders include specific goal-directed activities such as kleptomania and pyromania, but also include intermittent explosive disorder and pathological gambling. Impulsivity may also be a part of other psychiatric disorders, especially manic episodes, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and antisocial personality disorder, and there is a high comorbidity between impulse control disorders and these other disorders as well as affective disorders and substance abuse disorders. Although impulse control disorders can begin from childhood to adulthood, they most commonly begin in adolescence, with a male predominance.

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ICD10CM:
F63.9 – Impulse disorder, unspecified
F63.0 – Pathological gambling
F63.1 – Pyromania
F63.2 – Kleptomania

SNOMEDCT:
66347000 – Impulse control disorder

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