Who We Treat

Impulse Control Disorders

Impulse-Control Disorders are disorders in which the individual is unable to resist an impulse, urge, or drive to perform an act that is harmful to self or others.

Intermittent Explosive Disorder is a condition in which the individual repeatedly is unable to resist aggressive impulses resulting in serious aggressive acts or destruction of property. The severity of the aggressive behavior is significantly out of proportion to the stressors that precipitated the aggressive event.

Kleptomania is a condition in which the patient repeatedly steals objects that do not have significant monetary value to the person, nor needed for personal use. The patient experiences increasing tension prior to the theft and relief or pleasure at the time of the theft. In this condition, stealing is not motivated by revenge or anger, or by delusions or hallucinations.

Pyromania is a disorder in whichthe patient repeatedly and intentionally sets fires. The patient experiences increasing tension prior to setting the fire and relief or pleasure at the time of the act.Individuals with pyromania show fascination with fires and related contexts such as uses, consequences, or fire protection gear. The setting of fires is not an act of political ideology, revenge or anger, monetary gain, or to conceal criminal activity, or as a result of delusions or hallucinations.

Pathological Gambling is a condition in which the individual shows repeated maladaptive gambling behavior. Patients with Pathological Gambling are preoccupied with gambling, require increased gambling activity in order to obtain the desired excitement, have unsuccessfully tried to cut down or stop gambling, and become restless and irritable when trying to stop gambling. Additional symptoms include gambling to escape problems, quickly returns to gambling after significant losses to make up the losses, lies to others in order to conceal the extent of gambling, has committed illegal acts such as forgery in order to obtain money for gambling, relies on others to provide money in order to avoid desperate financial consequences from gambling, and has lost a job, a relationship, a educational opportunity, or a career opportunity because of gambling.

Trichotillomania is a disorder in which the patient pulls their own hair out resulting in significant hair loss. The patient experiences increasing tension prior to the pulling of hair and relief or pleasure at the time of the act.These symptoms significantly interfere with academic, work, or social relationships and represent a decline from previous functioning.