Impulse-Control Disorders

Impulse control disorders are conditions where a person loses control over their impulses, doing something harmful to others and even to themselves. The acts of the individual are impulsive without a moment’s thought. The condition is very stressful to the individual as they find it hopeless to be in control of their life.

Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction is a chronic condition characterized by dependence on alcohol and frequently resulting in behavioral and health consequences. Alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism and alcohol dependence, is a progressive degenerative disease that includes the following four symptoms: tolerance, the loss of control, physical dependence, and... Read more about Alcohol Addiction


Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder. It is a severe life-long condition recognized mainly by deficits in social functioning, communication, and activities and interests. It is characterized by a difficulty in learning proper social interactions and conventions, delays in language acquisition, and certain repetitive and stereotyped bodily movements and/or intense preoccupation with objects or parts of objects. Many people who have autism have difficulties with reciprocal conversations and... Read more about Autism

Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is considered to be a pathological state disorder where the use of drugs leads to addiction and acute cravings of the drug, which develops into a more chronic stage of drug-seeking behavior. The person addicted to drugs is highly vulnerable to relapse and to a decreased ability to respond to a rewarding... Read more about Drug Addiction

Gambling Addiction

Gambling addiction is considered to be a type of impulse-control disorder where an individual has a compulsion to gamble despite knowing it will lead to negative effects that can hurt their finances, social and personal relationships, and... Read more about Gambling Addiction

Impulse Control Disorder

Impulse Control Disorders are described by the inability to resist the desire or craving to do an action that is damaging to one's self or others. In 1838, Jean Etienne Esquirol proposed the term monomanic instinctives to describe behaviors characterized by irresistible urges without apparent motive. According to her, patients with Impulse-Control Disorders do not resist drives or enticements to do something harmful to themselves or others. These impulses, however, are not pre-mediated or planned in... Read more about Impulse Control Disorder


Kleptomania is a strong desire to steal and belongs under the impulse control disorder category in the DSM IV TR. A Kleptomaniac usually steals items or things that they could normally afford to buy or things that are not very expensive. Persons with Kleptomania usually have the compulsion to steal not for any monetary value, but because of the thrill of doing so. This is what makes Kleptomania distinguishable from normal stealing, theft, or... Read more about Kleptomania


Pyromania is a condition characterized by the intentional setting of fires in order to derive pleasure or satisfaction and to relieve the tension that has built up prior to the setting of the fire. Pyromania comes from the Greek words pyro which means “fire” and mania meaning “loss of reason.” In DSM-IV-TR, Pyromania is classified as an impulse control disorder. This condition is marked by the failure of an individual to resist the impulse to set fire, which is distinctly different from the organized plan... Read more about Pyromania

Sexual Addiction

Sexual addiction, also known a progressive intimacy disorder, begins from a normal sex drive that becomes more obsessive in nature, to the extent of manifesting uncontrolled sexual behavior. Sexual addiction is also referred to as process addiction, as opposed to substance addiction seen from alcohol and substance abuse. The condition involves a euphoric feeling due to the release of chemicals from the brain instead from an external source. The sexual addiction can reach the extent of using pornography,... Read more about Sexual Addiction