Nearly 1 million people in America are diagnosed with Chronic Impulsivity. Chronic Impulsivity is a lack of control. People have trouble controlling their emotions as well as their behaviors. They do things on impulse without considering the consequences. Most of their behaviors are totally irrational. Chronic Impulsivity is a mental disorder that can be caused by some other mental disorders. The symptoms of the disorder are lengthy. The causes are associated with other diseases and disorders. For most mental illnesses, there is no cure; this is also the case with chronic impulsivity. Although there is no cure, treatment is available.
Most of us tend to lack self-control in many areas of our life. There are times when we eat too much, or maybe spend too much. It typically happens to all of us. When these behaviors become habits, then there is a problem. This disorder is a severe lack of control. A person with the disorder cannot even stop themselves from behaving the way they do without intervention. Some common behaviors of a person with chronic impulsivity are binge eating, impulse spending, and aggressive behavior.
Psychologists have studied both locomotion and assessment as being a part of impulse. Locomotion involves creating goals and initiating behavior towards those goals without distractions. Assessment is focused on evaluating goals and considering alternatives. According to “Psychology Today,” chronic impulsivity is characterized by low locomotion and high assessment. Those who are impulsive have trouble focusing and not being distracted. The may not necessarily assess their goals, but they do a lot of self- assessment. Psychologists have found that high self-assessment is especially related to chronic impulsivity.
When you constantly assess yourself, you tend to find things that are wrong and normally have low self-esteem. These feelings of low self-esteem, more times than not, leads to impulsive behaviors.
Symptoms of Chronic Impulsivity is similar to symptoms of other mental disorders.
- Disruptive behavior
- No Consideration of Consequences
- Risky Behavior
- Difficulty with Relationships
- Lack of Concentration
- Lack of Patience
Causes of Chronic Impulsivity
Chronic Impulsivity is primarily related to other mental disorders. Some common mental disorders include bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADD or ADHD, anxiety and borderline personality disorder. All these things disorders cause people to lose reason. They act based on how they feel. Many of these mental disorders have risk factors of environment and genetics. Those with these mental disorders tend to have parents that also have similar problems. Other family members may also have the same disorders or have chronic impulsive behavior. The environment in which you live in may result in mental disorders as well. Being around someone with these disorders may just cause you to act the same way they do. Trauma may bring on chronic impulsivity. The impulsive behavior can be a way of coping. Sudden death, rape, and divorce all have the potential of being traumatizing. Some may eat to cope while other go shopping to bring them comfort. In each instance, treatment is necessary.
Treating Chronic Impulsivity
There is no cure for impulsivity but treatment is possible. Therapy and medication are the two main forms of treatment. Medication is used to help with the impulses. It prevents those impulses from happening. Therapy helps a person with their behavior. It helps them recognize their impulses. It may also get to the root of why those impulses even began. In the case of trauma, it is useful in helping you heal and find other ways to cope. A therapist will also help you learn appropriate behaviors for your feelings. They teach you the appropriate way to respond to emotional triggers. For those who have difficulty in relationships, a therapist can teach them how to act in relationships and how to be successful. Since impulses are a result of feelings, having a good self-image can curb impulses. When you are in a bad mood, you may notice you are more impulsive in your behavior. The same goes for those with chronic impulsivity. When a person with chronic impulsivity has a low self-esteem or, feel depressed or anxious, they are prone to act out impulses. Having a new self-image can keep your morale up and prevent you from impulsive behavior related to low morale.
Chronic Impulsivity is difficult to control without therapy or medication. Most of those suffering from chronic impulsivity are diagnosed with other mental disorders. Chronic Impulsivity has the potential of causes physical illness, making you go into debt, and putting you in legal situations. Most people are unable to complete tasks and live a normal life. The inability to focus and complete goals makes work and school difficult. Through proper treatment, behaviors can be tamed. The biggest form of therapy is teaching those with chronic impulsivity how to curb their impulses and behave in more appropriate ways. If you or anyone you know is showing symptoms of Chronic Impulsivity, seek help before these impulses lead to negative consequences.
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