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Impulse Control Disorders Therapy

Therapy for Impulse Control Disorders (ICD)

Impulse Control Disorders are a collection of mental health issues in which people struggle with irrational urges and thoughts, often resulting in impulsive behavior. Therapy for ICDs can be vital in taking back control of your life.

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Signs and symptoms

Symptoms of an Impulse Control Disorder

Two important components of healing is identifying triggers of compulsive behavior and understanding where impulsivity comes from. Therapy can help you develop these skills and address symptoms of Impulse Control Disorders, which may include:
  • Difficulty controlling emotions

  • Feelings of restlessness

  • Difficulty managing urges

  • Compulsive lying

  • Poor social skills

  • Act of violence

  • Kleptomania

  • Pyromania

  • Pathological Gambling

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Pyromania Impulse Control Disorder

Pyromania Impulse Control Disorder

People with Pyromania (impulse control) intentionally start fires without thinking about the destruction or injury their actions may cause. To receive a pyromania diagnosis, the DSM-5 criteria state:

  • Deliberately set fires on more than one occasion
  • Experience tension before setting fires
  • Have an intense attraction to fire
  • Derive happiness from setting or seeing fires
  • My have a conduct disorder, manic episodes, or antisocial personality disorder
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Kleptomania Impulse Control Disorder

Kleptomania Impulse Control Disorder

Kleptomania is the constant and compelling urge to steal. People with Impulse Control Disorder frequently steal items with little personal or monetary value.​

  • The feeling of tension & excitement that is caused by the impulse
  • Stealing is not scheduled and is usually impromptu
  • An irresistible, powerful urge to steal items that are not needed
  • Feeling intense remorse & guilt after stealing
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Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED)

Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED)

IED is when a person acts on aggressive impulses and commits seriously aggressive acts, such as assault or destruction of property as a result of an incontrollable surge of rage. Symptoms of IED include:

  • Yelling, shouting & threatening
  • Intense arguments & damaging property
  • Temper tantrums, rampages & road rage
  • Punching walls or breaking plates
  • Physical violence, such as slapping or shoving
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Trichotillomania Impulse Control Disorder

Trichotillomania Impulse Control Disorder

Trichotillomania, also known as “hair-pulling disorder,” is a kind of impulse control disorder. People who have trichotillomania feel an overwhelming necessity to pull out their hair. Symptoms of trichotillomania include

  • Pulling out hair repeatedly
  • Breaking off pieces of hair
  • Eating hair (trichology)
  • Feeling relieved after pulling hair out
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Conduct Disorder (CD)

Conduct Disorder (CD)

Conduct disorder involves behavior patterns that include aggression toward people and animals, destroying property, theft, or other deceitful actions and serious rule violations. Signs and symptoms of CD include:

  • Destruction of property
  • Lying to people
  • Any illegal or criminal activity
  • Appearing manipulative or unemotional
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Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)

Oppositional defiant disorder is an impulse control disorder in which a child or adult displays a pattern of an angry or irritable mood, rebellious or aggressive behavior, and vindictiveness toward people in authority. Symptoms of ODD include:

  • Frequent episodes of anger
  • Refusing to comply with requests from adults
  • Excessive arguing with adults & authority figures
  • Short temper, vindictive, spiteful, or resentful behavior
  • Tendency to blame others for mistakes and misbehavior
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Talking to someone you trust about your struggles with impulse control is essential. Our impulse disorders therapists can help you understand your behaviors while helping you manage the symptoms.
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Everybody in the world is seeking happiness—and there is one sure way to find it. That is by controlling your thoughts. Happiness doesn't depend on outward conditions. It depends on inner conditions.


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Impulse Control Disorder Treatment

Various treatment options exist for ICDs. With early diagnosis and appropriate intervention, individuals struggling with impulsive behavior can lead full and productive lives.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

CBT is the most prominent therapy for mental health disorders, including impulse control issues. The focus of this treatment type reveals the relationship between beliefs and behaviors, aspiring to help an individual understand how their thinking patterns link to specific results.

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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Commonly used as a helpful modality in operating with borderline personality disorder & mood disorders, this type of therapy incorporates elements of mindfulness, such as emotion regulation & acceptance —with cognitive reordering and planned work toward behavior change.

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Biofeedback is an intervention designed to control impulsive behaviors by monitoring regular body functions while a person practices relaxation techniques. This allows an individual to learn how to better manage certain functions, such as their heartbeat, during stressful moments.

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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Mindfulness therapy focuses on building tolerate to inner feelings & impulses without reacting. MBCT utilizes aspects of cognitive therapy to help clients recognize and reassess their negative thoughts and substitute them with positive reviews that more closely reflect reality.

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Social Skills Training

Social skills training can help children and youth with impulsive control disorder to enhance their relationships and everyday interactions, react appropriately to situations and express themselves more effectively.

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Impulse control disorder (ICD) is a type of mental health condition that can cause individuals to act in ways that are uncharacteristic of them.

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Our impulse control therapists can help you address overarching mental health disorders that may be causing impulsivity in the first place & assist you in developing better decision-making & emotional regulation.

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Online therapy offers developments that align with in-person treatment. Our trained professionals provide a complete evaluation & a comprehensive treatment program that strengthens your control over impulsivity.

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Here are five examples of impulse control disorders:

  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED)
  • Kleptomania
  • Pyromania
  • Trichotillomania
  • Pathological Gambling

Several therapy techniques can be helpful in treating impulse control disorders. These include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)- CBT focuses on changing negative thought patterns and behaviors, while DBT emphasizes mindfulness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)- DBT emphasizes mindfulness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance.
  • Psychodynamic therapy- Psychodynamic therapy explores unconscious patterns and emotions that may be contributing to impulsive behavior disorder.
  • Group therapy- Group therapy provides a supportive environment for individuals to share their experiences and learn from others.
  • Family therapy- Family therapy can help family members understand the disorder, improve communication, and develop strategies for managing impulsive behavior disorders.

Here are some key signs of Impulse Control Disorders:

  • Repeatedly engaging in impulsive behaviors despite negative consequences can be indicative of childhood impulse control disorder.
  • Experiencing an intense, irresistible urge or temptation to engage in certain behaviors, characteristic of teenage impulsive behaviour.
  • Having difficulty delaying gratification or resisting immediate impulses
  • Feeling relief or pleasure when engaging in impulsive behaviors
  • Experiencing frustration or irritability when unable to engage in impulsive behaviors
  • Hiding or lying about impulsive behaviors
  • Struggling to maintain personal relationships or employment due to impulsive behaviors
  • Experiencing increased feelings of anxiety, depression, or shame due to impulsive behaviors
  • Exhibiting decreased impulse control when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Managing impulsivity, especially teenage impulsivity, can be achieved through various coping skills, such as;

  • Mindfulness meditation: helps develop self-awareness of thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations.
  • Cognitive restructuring: involves changing negative thought patterns.
  • Relaxation techniques: like deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or yoga can reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Problem-solving: identifies impulsive triggers and develops strategies to manage those situations.
  • Delayed gratification: helps build self-control by delaying a purchase or pleasurable activity.

It's important to work with a mental health professional to identify individual coping strategies that will be effective. At Lifebulb we ensure that you’re in a safe space and help you manage your impulsitvity. We also provide services provided by impulse control therapist child specilaists.

Impulse control disorders can be triggered by a variety of factors, such as biological factors such as brain chemistry and genetics, environmental factors such as trauma and abuse, substance abuse, mental health conditions such as ADHD, OCD, and bipolar disorder, and personality traits such as high levels of impulsivity or sensation-seeking. Not everyone with these risk factors will develop the disorder, and other factors may also contribute to its development. We at Lifebulb go that extra mile to help you out with impulse control and our impulse control therapist will be there for you throughout your impulsive behavior disorder treatment, especially for treating impulsive behavior in teens.

There are different types of therapy that can be effective for children with impulse control issues, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), play therapy, parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), mindfulness-based interventions, and family therapy.

It's crucial to collaborate with a mental health professional to identify the most suitable type of therapy for a child's individual needs and circumstances. We use time management and effective techniques to help manage impulsivity in teens and ensure their well-being.

If you are experiencing an emergency right now, please call 911 right away. While Lifebulb is not a crisis center and Lifebulb therapists and counselors are not emergency services, we understand that urgent matters can and will pop up from time to time. You will have direct email and phone access to your therapist, who will make their best effort to be available to you when you reach out. Depending on your specific impulse control treatment plan, your therapist may provide you with resources to use or contact when situations occur beyond the scope of your online impulse disorders therapy or offline impulse control disorder treatment work together.

Our online impulsive disorder therapy sessions are all conducted by our therapists in private spaces, and our video platform is contained within our HIPAA-compliant Electronic Health Records system, so your face, voice, and data are always private and protected.

It is important that our clients work with the best possible fit as a therapist for their specific impulsive behavior treatment. This is why we provide detailed bios of our therapists for our clients to review before reaching out to us. If you have a specific impulse control therapist in mind to work with, we would be happy to schedule you to see them for your. We also understand that our clients don't always match perfectly with their therapist, and in the case of a less-than-great fit, we will help you to find the right match among our team and, if necessary, provide the best referral we can to someone more suited to help you beyond our walls.

We do employ licensed clinical psychologists, as psychologists can offer services, such as best online impulse control treatment, anxiety therapy services and psychological testing, that many other license types are unable to offer. Many times, your counselor or therapist can work in tandem with a psychologist to provide impulse disorders therapy, impulse control disorder treatment plans and psychological testing when necessary to better provide for your specific needs or goals. In this way, we are able to better provide for a wider range of your needs.

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