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What are some impulse control disorders?

Howard J. Shaffer, PhD
Addiction Medicine
Impulse control disorders include kleptomania (compulsive stealing) and pyromania (compulsive fire-setting), and trichotillomania (hair pulling), for example.

At the moment, pathological gambling also falls under this same conceptual umbrella. However, many mental health specialists believe that pathological gambling should be categorized as a behavioral addiction, and grouped with addiction to shopping, sex, and other activities.

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