Epidemiologic and clinical updates on impulse control disorders: A critical review

Bernardo Dell'Osso, A. Carlo Altamura, Andrea Allen, Donatella Marazziti, Eric Hollander

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)464-475
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • C-I Internet usage disorder
  • Compulsive-impulsive (C-I) shopping
  • Impulse control disorders (ICDs)
  • Intermittent explosive disorder (IED)
  • Kleptomania
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Pathological gambling (PG)
  • Trichotillomania (TTM)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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