Behavioral disorders, such as behavioral addiction, eating disorders, and impulse controls disorder, are characterized by impulsivity, or a failure to resist temptation, impulse or urge that may be harmful to oneself or others.
In a clinical setting, impulsivity is characterized by five behavioral stages, impulse, growing tension, pleasure on acting, relief from the urge, and guilt (which may or may not arise or display). The signs and symptoms of these behavior disorders vary based on the age of those suffering from them, the actual type of issue they are struggling with, the environment in which they live, and whether the patient is male or female.
While these impulse control disorders share many similarities with other psychiatric disorders are characterized by impulsivity, including substance abuse, alcoholism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, conduct disorder, and mood disorder, they do differ in how they present, in how they are treated, and often, in how they are covered by medical insurance.
While they do differ in many regards, impulse control and behavioral addictions can be just as serious and destructive as addictions to drugs and alcohol. Any type of compulsive behavior, if left on checked, has potential to have a destructive impact on one’s health and happiness, and can be a negative influence on an individual’s social, familial or professional life. Some behavioral diseases, such as eating disorders, can be out right life-threatening if not promptly treated.
If you or a loved one is suffering a behavioral addiction or impulse disorder, it’s important to find a rehabilitation approach or center specifically tailored to meet the unique needs or your disease. Below are just a few of the diagnosis that a REHBS agent may be able to help you with:
- Body Image Dysmorphic Disorder
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Binge Eating Disorder
- Avoidant / Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
- Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED) – Atypical Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Purging Disorder, Night Eating Syndrome
- Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorder – Trichotillomania, Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED), Kleptomania, Pyromania, Pathological Gambling, Sexual Compulsion, Compulsive Buying Disorder
- Gambling Addiction
- Video Game Addiction
- Shopping Addiction
- Internet Addiction
- Porn Addiction
- Sex Addiction
- Love Addiction
- Work Addiction
- Exercise Addiction
- Dual Diagnosis Disorders or Comorbid Disorders
It’s important to note that aftercare is a key component to behavioral addiction and compulsive disorder treatment. Much like with drug addiction and alcoholism, a patient is not “cured” upon release from treatment and may struggle with their disorder for the remainder of their life. Therefore it is important that support systems, follow-up sessions, or support groups are accessible should they ever fall victim to a relapse and to ensure longterm health, happiness, and recovery.
If you need help with recovering from behavioral addiction, please contact REHBS -they are discreet and their help comes at zero cost to you.