Impulse Control Disorders include gambling disorder, Kleptomania, compulsive shopping or buying, and Intermittent Explosive Disorder. They involve urges that seem uncontrollable to engage in a specific action, even when those actions cause distress and even when the person tries to stop.
Available Treatment Options
Counseling interventions for impulse control issues mainly involve examining thought processes and the mental states that a person is in right before or during their urges to engage in the activity. By examining these thought processes, therapists can highlight unhelpful patterns of thinking, irrational beliefs, or other discrepancies and work with the person to decrease the behavior.