Epidemiologic and clinical updates on impulse control disorders: a critical review.

Research paper by Bernardo B Dell'Osso, A Carlo AC Altamura, Andrea A Allen, Donatella D Marazziti, Eric E Hollander

Indexed on: 09 Sep '06Published on: 09 Sep '06Published in: European archives of psychiatry and clinical neuroscience


The article reviews the current knowledge about the impulse control disorders (ICDs) with specific emphasis on epidemiological and pharmacological advances. In addition to the traditional ICDs present in the DSM-IV-pathological gambling, trichotillomania, kleptomania, pyromania and intermittent explosive disorder-a brief description of the new proposed ICDs-compulsive-impulsive (C-I) Internet usage disorder, C-I sexual behaviors, C-I skin picking and C-I shopping-is provided. Specifically, the article summarizes the phenomenology, epidemiology and comorbidity of the ICDs. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between ICDs and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Finally, current pharmacological options for treating ICDs are presented and discussed.