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A 39-year-old member asked:

how would you feel about having a psychiatrist who says you are impulsive?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Worth listening: Mental health professionals often have to tell patients news they'd rather not hear. If your psychiatrist says you're impulsive, it would be reasonable to ask for examples. That is not a diagnosis but a description of behavior. Is it causing problems? If it is and is happening a lot, why? What can you do about it. Sounds like the start of an important discussion.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How can I stop being sooo impulsive?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Seek help: Without knowing why you are being impuslive, it's impossible to offer a concrete solution. Seek out professional help to better understand when you are impulsive, what leads to the behavior, and what you might be able to do about it. If alcohol or drugs are typically part of the picture, stopping may be a key first step towards dealing with the problem.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How do I stop being so impulsive with posting on twitter?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Impose limits: Something like tweeting is, in theory, easy to control: limit your access to the technology needed to engage in it. If this is your only area of impulsivity, it may not be a problem. If it's a symptom of similar problems in other areas of your life, seek professional assessment with a psychologist or psychiatrist.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are examples of a normal person having an impulsive imagination?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Question unclear: What do you mean by an "impulsive imagination"? Nearly everyone will at times suddenly wonder how life would be different if this or that happened. Imagination is not something you can (or need to) control. Thoughts hurt no one. If they lead to impulsive actions, especially ones that are potentially dangerous or self-destructive, then it's time to seek professional help.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How does impulsive behavior effect people you love?

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Dr. Bernadette Onuoha
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Many ways: Impulsive behaviors can get us into a lot of problems. Can ruin relationships, alienate us from those we love, cause us legal, social, financial and other problems and the list goes on and on.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is impulsive behavior the first sign of future suicidal or homicidal behavior?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Michael Welsh
Clinical Psychology 18 years experience
Probably not: The first signs of suicidal or homicidal behavior tend to be either depression or a general lack of concern for the well-being of others. While someone that impulsive may make a decision the harm themselves or others, we are more interested in suicidal or homicidal thoughts as a precursor to such behavior.

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