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Impulse control disorder is a set of brain disorders including intermittent explosive disorder (hot-headedness), kleptomania (stealing), pathological gambling, pyromania (fire-starting) and trichotillomania (pulling one's hair out). Impulsivity, the key feature of these disorders, can be thought of as seeking a small, short term gain at the expense of a large, long term loss.

Impulse-control disorders are considered to be part of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder spectrum. [1] They include: Impulse control disorder is a set of psychiatric disorders including:

The onset of these disorders usually occurs between the ages of 7 and 15.[1] Impulsivity, the key feature of these disorders, can be thought of as seeking a small, short term gain at the expense of a large, long term loss. Impulse-control disorders are considered to be part of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder spectrum. [2] They include:


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  1. Kessler RC, Amminger GP, Aguilar-Gaxiola S, Alonso J, Lee S, Ustün TB (2007). Age of onset of mental disorders: a review of recent literature. Curr Opin Psychiatry 20 (4): 359-64.

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