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Impulse Control Disorders
Encyclopedia of Psychopharmacology
In the last decade, much needed attention and research have been focused on the group of psychiatric conditions termed "impulse control disorders," or ICDs. Pathological gambling, compulsive shopping, kleptomania, hypersexuality, and Internet "addiction," among other disorders, are characterized by a recurrent urge to perform a repetitive behavior that is gratifying at the moment but causes significant long-term distress and disability. Despite the high rate of comorbidity withdoi:10.1007/978-3-642-27772-6_368-4 fatcat:bdtduei3ergulbrod26s6fd2ue