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What is the definition or description of: impulsive?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Impulsive: Acting before thinking. Behavior characterized by little or no forethought or consideration of possible consequences. Commonly seen in attention deficit disorder, mood disorders, substance abuse disorders, & some personality disorders such as borderline personality.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Impulsive.: An action that is enacted without any consideration to consequence or attempt at self-restraint.

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A 32-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: Impulsive behavior?

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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Impulsivity: Impulsivity can be though of as self destructive actions undertaken without clear thought as to consequences for those actions.
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Impulsive behaviors can also be harmless but occur without pre-planning. Children with ADHD have an inability to plan ahead, not enough fuel in the part of the brain responsible for motor planning, and do things they later either deny or regret. Deny because they did not intend to to them or regret because of the consequences. For example, pushing another child, saying things without thought.
Dec 23, 2016
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Many more examples, i.e. seeing if that pair of scissors REALLY CAN cut the window screen, trying to boil an egg in the microwave, calling the teacher a witch, running into the street, taking things belonging to others, blurting out answers in class before the question has completed, breaking a pencil, throwing something across the room. many many more
Dec 23, 2016

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