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01 Aug Mental Disorders that Increase Impulsiveness

Addiction is a behavioral disease that thrives on impulsive behavior. Impulsiveness is often the key that drives people towards an initial behavior of substance abuse, and then addiction takes hold and makes it difficult to stop. For this reason, there is a connection between mental disorders that cause impulsiveness and addiction. This particular phenomenon is called dual diagnosis. Because of this, it’s important for people who suffer from these particular mental disorders to be aware of the risks that impulsive behavior comes with, and to address these risks before they end up in a worse situation. Here are some mental disorders that increase impulsive behavior…

Impulse control disorder

Impulse control disorder (ICD) is a mental disorder that is literally defined by the impulsive urges that people have who suffer from it. People who suffer from ICD find themselves unable to reason with temptation, and experience urges to engage in risky behavior at a higher rate than the general population. Extreme cases of ICD often manifest in a person feeling the urge to enact physical harm on themselves, or even other people. ICD can easily manifest into addiction from impulsive behavior, if it goes untreated.

Bipolar 1 and 2 disorder

Bipolar disorder comes in two different categories: bipolar 1 and bipolar 2. They are very similar, except the mood swings between depressive episodes and manic highs are not nearly as drastic in bipolar 2 disorder. People who suffer from bipolar disorder may experience episodes of mania or hypomania, which are extremely energetic “highs” that can last between several hours or even several days. During these manic states of mind, individuals are more likely to engage in impulsive and risky behavior.

Borderline personality disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BDP) is a personality disorder where a person’s mind cycles through a routine of different behaviors and emotions that the person believes to fit each different situation that they are in, despite the fact that this cycle of emotions can cause severe emotional problems and damage relationships. Extreme overreactions to small events and irrational emotions are common symptoms of BDP, as are periods where the invididual experiences impulsive urges to engage in risky behavior, which further causes personal damage to their relationships.

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