Impulse Control Problems

Impulse Control Counseling

Impulse control problems can manifest in many different ways. Defined as an inability to resist engaging in a behavior, despite there being only a short term gain at the expense of a larger, long term loss, impulse control disorders can exert a powerful hold over one’s life.

Individuals suffering from impulse control issues often feel tense or anxious before engaging in their destructive behaviors, followed by a sense of relief, which then may be followed by guilt.

This powerful cycle can be incredibly difficult to break, but it is possible. If you are struggling with any of the issues below, please contact Symmetry Counseling. We can help you break the cycle and regain control of your impulses and your life.

Common Manifestations of Impulse Control

Intermittent Explosive Disorder

Intermittent Explosive Disorder is defined as having several episodes of impulsive behavior that result in serious damage to either persons or property, where the degree of aggressiveness is disproportionate to the circumstances or provocation, where the episodic violence cannot be better accounted for by another mental of physical condition. For more information, please see ANGER MANAGEMENT.

Kleptomania Counseling

Kleptomania is the inability to resist stealing things, generally but not always smaller items of lesser value. Often, the person has the ability to pay for or afford the item, and may discard the item after they’ve stolen it. Individuals suffering from kleptomania often experience tension before the theft, followed by a sense of relief of gratification afterwards.

Problem Gambling Counseling

Probem gambling affects as many as 3% of US adults, and can lead to personal and financial ruin. Individuals who struggle with impulse control might find themselves drawn to the emotional roller coaster gambling can provide.

If you find yourself gambling frequently, accumulating debt you cannot pay off, taking out loans to gamble with, or taking risks with your safety to engage in gambling, you may be struggling with impulse control.

Body-focused Repetitive Behaviors Counseling

Impulse control problems can develop in the way one treats their body; common manifestations include pulling out or chewing on one’s hair, nail biting, skin picking, and others.

Substance Abuse Therapy

People who struggle with impulse control are also at high risk for developing substance dependencies. If you answer yes to one or more of these questions, you may be struggling with substance abuse:

  • Have you ever felt you should cut down on your substance use?
  • Have people annoyed you by criticizing your substance use?
  • Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your substance use?
  • Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?

Please see ADDICTIONS for more information.

Symmetry Counseling therapists specialize in working with individuals, couples, and families suffering from issues resulting from impulse control disorders.

Issues we can help you address:

  • Identifying addictive behaviors and cycles
  • Understanding the psychological and physiological components of addiction
  • Repairing relationships affected by addiction
  • Creating new and healthy patterns supporting sobriety
  • Assessing and creating a comprehensive treatment plan unique to you
  • Identifying and treating co-occurring anxiety or depression