Impulse Control Disorder Symptoms

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What are the Symptoms of Impulse Control Disorder?

As have been already been mentioned, impulse control disorders are characterized by a failure to resist the impulse to perform an action that is harmful to one's self or others. All of these disorders involve the loss or lack of control in specific situations. Patients often feel anxiety or tension prior to the execution of the act. The anxiousness or tension is reduced once the act has been done. 16

In the condition of intermittent explosive disorder, patients act upon aggressive impulses reflexively and without thought or concern for the situation and find this lack of control distressing. 17 Some physiological symptoms include: tingling sensation, palpitations or increasing pressure within head or chest, sudden exhaustion after an episode, emotional stress, alcohol abuse, and traumatic injuries or accidents. 18

Could You Have Impulse Control Disorder?

Impulse Control Disorder Topics

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