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How To Control Impulsive Behavior In Adults
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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. Read more
One of Many: There are many possible explanations for irrational or impulsive behavior. Substance abuse (including alcohol) is certainly responsible for a great many problematic behaviors. If one has a concern about unexplained irrational or impulsive behavior a consultation with a professional is a good idea. Read more
Impulsivity: Impulsivity can be though of as self destructive actions undertaken without clear thought as to consequences for those actions. Read more
Compulsive behaviors: Are repetitive, performed according to certain rules or in a stereotypical fashion; a tendency to repeat the same, often purposeless acts; with sense of having to do it. Impulsive behaviors are performed with little forethought and without regards to consequences, driven by the desire to obtain pleasure, gratification or arousal. Both involve brain function and may occur in same person. Read more
Both Can Impair: Compulsive behavior is behavior that is driven by a need to be fulfilled. There is a growing level of anxiety until one acts on the behavior. The behavior is often well circumscribed. Impulsive behavior is behavior that arises spontaneously without regard to consequences. The behavior, often random, can be reckless. Both types of behavior can cause impairment in a number of real life settings. Read more
Find a therapist: There are lots of reasons you might be having this pattern of behavior. Without know how old you are, if these are new behaviors or longstanding ones, and what else is involved, e.g., alcohol or drugs, no one can give a firm answer. It obviously bothers you--and should--so ask your primary care doctor for a referral to a therapist to explore what is going on. Read more
Sometimes: "impulsive behavior disorder" is not an official diagnosis. But Depakote is sometimes used for impulsivity associated with bipolar disorder, intermittent explosive disorder, and other psychiatric disorders. If the impulsivity is part of adhd, Depakote would not be a typical treatment. Read more
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. Read more
How do you know: If you do not have adhd? 40 yrs ago many people who had adhd were not diagnosed with adhd. Meet with a psychologist and they will help diagnose you and help decide a course of treatment. Read more
Behavioral health question. Could starting Lamotragine Rx 6 weeks ago cause me increased body temp & impulsivity? I've slowly titrated up to 100mg.
It's a Rx question: Behavioral Health would more relate to some form of therapy. Discuss the side effects AND (importantly!) the proper dosage changes w/ the doctor who prescribed. This is a big part of their work. Best! Read more
Difficult problem: Since impulsivity often involves acting before thinking, using cognitive (thinking) skills can be difficult. Some possibilities are lowering stress level, removing caffeine from your diet, getting adequate sleep, meditation. Other things I've seen help my patients include slowly counting to ten before responding and waiting to talk it through with a trusted person before responding, reacting, etc. Read more
Is having a long term problems with rage & difficulty controling outbursts. Is it an "impulsivity" problem?
Rage is a problem: Short it long term! Why not be evaluated by a psychiatrist in your area? We are here to help! Read more
How can we work on controlling impulsivity (especially keeping hands to oneself) in a child with ADHD (not medicated)?
My med for ADHD works great for impulsivity, mood, etc. Night time however, I am left to my own devices. How can I control these to prevent harmful acts.
Not necessarily: Impulsivity is a term referring to reacting to a situation before thinking it through. These can range from impulse spending, to rushing through a test at school, to react verbally when something is said that one disagrees with. In the most extreme examples, impulsivity can lead to harming others emotionally or physically. Need more detail to anxwer specifically. Read more