Neuropsychiatric Aspects of Impulse Control Disorders

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External organisations

  • ENT Department of Hospital Cuf Infante Santo - Nova Medical School, Travessa do Castro 3, 1350-070, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Ocidental
  • Department of Neuropsychiatry, The Barberry, Birmingham, UK
  • Mental Health Services for Older People,Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust,Birmingham,UK.
  • Clinical Sciences Research Institute
  • School of Life Sciences, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Coventry University, Coventry, United Kingdom.
  • Aston University
  • Sobell Department for Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders, Institute of Neurology, University College London
  • UCL Institute of Neurology
  • NIHR University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre, UCL Cancer Institute, University College London, London WC1E 6DD, UK.


Impulse control disorders (ICDs) are neuropsychiatric conditions characterized by the repeated inability to resist an impulse, drive, or temptation to perform an act that is harmful to the person or others. Although classification approaches to ICDs vary both diachronically and synchronically, this group of conditions encompasses a wide range of syndromes, including pathologic gambling, kleptomania, trichotillomania, excoriation (skin picking) disorder, intermittent explosive disorder, pyromania, oppositional defiant, conduct, and antisocial personality disorders. ICDs can play a significant role as comorbidities in both neurodevelopmental (eg, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, Tourette syndrome) and neurodegenerative (eg, Parkinson disease) disorders.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-262
Number of pages14
JournalThe Psychiatric clinics of North America
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity/epidemiology, Comorbidity, Disruptive, Impulse Control, and Conduct Disorders/diagnosis, Gambling/epidemiology, Humans, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Trichotillomania/epidemiology