Impulse control disorder

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What is impulse control disorder?

Impulse control disorder is characterized by the inability to refrain from urges to do harm to oneself or to others; it is the ability to take action without consideration or premeditation. Some impulsive actions refer to violent behavior, risky sexual behavior and fire starting.

Common symptoms reported by people with impulse control disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with impulse control disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)

Data from patients with impulse control disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with impulse control disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
impulse control disorder
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with impulse control disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has impulse control disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 3
30s 8
40s 4
50s 4
60s 1
70+ 1
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 6
20-29 years 2
30-39 years 0
40-49 years 1
50-59 years 1
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 7
Female 15

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 14
Not Diagnosed 3

These charts show data from impulse control disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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