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What are the signs of an impulse control disorder in teens?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Impulse control disorders occur when impulsive behaviors get the best of you. They are characterized by:

• an increasing sense of tension or excitement before committing an impulsive
act

• pleasure, gratification, or relief when you actually commit the impulsive act

• possibly regret or guilt following the act (This part doesn’t always occur; it
depends on the situation and the consequences.)  
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