Impulse Control Disorder Research

(Also Known As: Kleptomania Research, Trichotillomania Research, Impulsivity Research, Obsessive Compulsive Research, Pyromania Research, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Research, Monomanic Instinctives Research)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Impulse Control Disorder Related Research

Depression as cause of mental disorders:

Ronald C. Kessler, PhD, principal investigator of the NCS-R study, and colleagues determined that about half of Americans will meet the criteria for a DSM-IV diagnosis of a mental disorder over the course of their lifetime, with first onset usually in childhood or adolescence. Based on their analysis of data from the NCS-R, lifetime prevalence’s for the different classes of disorders were: anxiety disorder, 28.8%; mood disorders, 20.8%; impulse control disorders, 24.8%; substance use disorders, 14.6%; and any disorder, 46.4%.

Depression Facts

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or empty mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
  • Decreased energy, fatigue, being slowed down
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
  • Restlessness, irritability 26

Abusers of Domestic Violence

Research shows that abusers are likely to have some common characteristics.

In general, abusers are:

  • Less educated than the abused partner
  • From a lower socioeconomic group than the abused partner.
  • In need of great amounts of attention.
  • Possessive, jealous and controlling of their partner.
  • In fear of being abandoned by the partner.
  • Emotionally dependent on the partner.
  • With low self-esteem.
  • With rigid expectations of the relationship
  • With poor impulse control and low frustration tolerance
  • Prone to explosive rage.
  • Using children to exert power over partner.
  • Blaming their partners for their own abusive behavior
  • Lying to keep the victim psychologically off-balance
  • Manipulating the victim and others to get on their good side

If a man is abusing a woman, he often has very traditional beliefs about the roles of men and women.

Some of these criteria are seen in people with intermittent explosive disorders, thus rules the possibility that perpetuators of domestic violence may actually be suffering from an impulse-control disorder.


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Related Conditions

Intermittent Explosive Disorder – Extreme Expression of Anger, Impulsiveness, Uncontrolled Rage, Outbursts in Moods
Kleptomania – Compulsion to Steal, Hoarding, Collecting of Things Illegally, Shoplifting
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Intrusive Thoughts, Impulsiveness, Strong Inclination for Something, Compulsive Behavior
Pyromania – Uncontrolled Desire to Set Fire Due to Psychosis, Revenge of Monetary Gains, Euphoria