A person who has impulse control disorder has a condition in which he or she has trouble controlling behaviors or emotions. These behaviors often results in violating the rights of other people and conflicting accepted societal laws and norms. Some studies show that men are more slightly prone to impulse control disorders than women, and these disorders may usually co-occur with other mental health issues or with substance addiction.
These impulse control disorders include intermittent explosive disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, kleptomania, conduct disorder, and pyromania.
Intermittent Explosive Disorder
When someone has intermittent explosive disorder, he or she experiences unexpected and repeated episodes of violent, impulsive, and aggressive behavior. The same person might also react rabidly on certain situations and take things way out of proportion. Temper tantrums, road rage, throwing and breaking objects, and domestic abuse are possible signs of intermittent explosive disorder.
These outbursts cause the person significant amount of stress, negatively affect relationships at home, work, or school, and may lead to him having legal issues. Identified as a chronic disorder, intermittent explosive disorder can continue for multiple years, especially without treatment. Therapy for this type of impulse control disorder includes psychotherapy and medication to help the individual control his or her violent impulses.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a behavior disorder commonly seen in children. Children with this type of disorder are defiant, hostile towards the people around them, and uncooperative. Generally, they are more of a problem to others than they are to themselves. If a child or teenager shows a repetitive pattern of defiance, irritability, vindictiveness, and anger towards parents and other authority figures, he or she may be having ODD.
Parents who have children with ODD are advised to seek the help of doctors, child development experts, and mental health professionals who can help manage and treat their child with ODD.
Kleptomania is a behavioral condition in which a person a consistent urge to steal things which has no value. The items a person with kleptomania steals are often discarded or given away after being taken. Someone with this disorder does not usually plan out theft but will likely avoid stealing when there is a possibility of immediate arrest, and will feel guilty after the deed.
People with conduct disorder shows a repetitive pattern of behavior that generally violates the rights of the people around them and act against existing social norms and laws.
Pyromania is more common in men than in women and can affect teenagers and adults. This condition is especially common in people who lack social skills and those with learning