Impulse control disorder

Impulse control disorder

Jon E. Grant: Impulse control disorder : a clinician's guide to understanding and treating behavioral addictions
(New York : W. W. Norton & Company, cop. 2008. - XII, 209 p.)

According to the DSM-IV, the impulse control disorders are pathological gambling, kleptomania, intermittent explosive disorder, trichotillomania (compulsive hair-pulling), and pyromania. In addition, compulsive Internet use, compulsive sexual behavior, pathologic skin picking, and compulsive buying have been proposed as belonging to this category. In their pathological versions, these disorders are experienced by approximately 5-15% of the U.S. population, or between 14 and 42 million Americans. The impulse control disorders have generated a remarkable amount of data suggesting that these are common and disabling behaviors. Nevertheless, many researchers and clinicians still believe these disorders are only of limited interest, or that they are not legitimate psychiatric conditions. Although clinical ignorance surrounds these complex disorders, strong evidence supports a genetic and neurochemical basis underlying these behaviors. Impulse Control Disorders is the first comprehensive book on this topic for clinicians, providing clear guidance on assessment, diagnosis, treatment in a variety of modes, and follow-up.

Designed as a wide-ranging and up-to-date guide for both new and experienced clinicians, the book provides a detailed understanding of the disorders and their treatment options. The author draws on his extensive clinical and research experience with impulse control disorders, supplementing empirical evidence with case vignettes, and presenting the most up-to-date information regarding the clinical features, comorbidities, etiologies, and treatments of these disabling behaviors. In addition, the author provides guidelines for the assessment of individuals with impulse control disorders, as well as a chapter on the unique legal issues raised by certain impulse control disorders.


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