The ability to control behavior which can be harmful to self or others is essential to healthy functioning. Sometimes an occasional behavior can become an impulsive behavior which can lead to serious self harm or harm to others.
Some normal behaviors can become impulsive habits such as eating, shopping, use of alcohol, sexual activities or gambling. When any of these actions result in harm to self or others they represent a serious psychological problem. Frequently individuals with impulse disorders do not realize the intensity of their problem. However, without the proper interventions the impulsive behaviors can result self destructive behavior and significant loss.
The most common Impulsive Disorders are: • Substance Abuse Disorders; alcohol and drugs • Eating Disorders • Sexual Disorders • Sleep Disorders • Stealing • Fire Setting • Hair Pulling • Anger • Other Unusual Habitual Behaviors
Fortunately Impulsive behaviors can be treated by specific psychological interventions. Getting evaluated for an impulsive disorder is the first step to recovery. Not receiving treatment will allow the impulsive behavior to intensify. Treatment can assist the impulsive person to recognize the unhealthy personal patterns and make needed changes.