Impulse control disorder
is a set of psychiatric disorders including intermittent explosive disorder
(stealing), pathological gambling
(pulling one's hair out) and dermatillomania
(skin picking). The onset of these disorders usually occurs between the ages of 7 and 15. 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.
The essence of emotional self-regulation is the ability to delay impulse control in the service of goal.