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Impulse Control Disorders

Impulse Control Disorders

by Elias Aboujaoude MD, Lorrin M. Koran MDElias Aboujaoude MD
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In the last decade, much needed attention and research has been focused on the group of psychiatric conditions termed “impulse control disorders” or ICDs. Pathological gambling, compulsive shopping, kleptomania, hypersexuality, Internet “addiction,” among other disorders, are characterized by a recurrent urge to perform a repetitive behavior that is gratifying in the moment but causes significant long-term distress and disability. Despite the high rate of co-morbidity with obsessive compulsive disorder, ICDs are now clearly distinguished from these disorders with a unique clinical approach for diagnosis and treatment. A wide array of psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic options is now available for treating these disorders. Drs. Elias Aboujaoude and Lorrin M. Koran have compiled the world’s foremost experts in ICD research and treatment to create a comprehensive book on the frequency, evolution, treatment, and related public policy, public health, forensic, and medical issues of these disorders. This is the first book to bring together medical and social knowledge bases related to impulse control disorders.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521898706
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/08/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Elias Aboujaoude, MD, is Director of the Impulse Disorders Clinic at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California.

Lorrin M. Koran, MD, is Professor Emeritus in Psychiatry and Director of the Obsessive Compulsive Clinic at Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California.

Table of Contents

Contributors ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Section I Acquisitive Impulses

1 Compulsive Buying: Clinical Aspects Donald W. Black 5

2 Compulsive Buying: Cultural Contributors and Consequences April Lane Benson Helga Dittmar Reeta Wolfsohn 23

3 Kleptomania: Clinical Aspects Lorrin M. Koran Dana Bodnik Pinhas N. Dannon 34

4 Kleptomania and the Law Brad Novak 45

5 Pathological Gambling: Clinical Aspects Jon E. Grant Brian L. Odlaug 51

6 Pathological Gambling: Promoting Risk, Provoking Ruin Laura M. Letson 75

7 Cash and Casinos: An Indian Perspective Eileen M. Luna-Firebaugh 89

Section II Pellicular Impulses

18 Trichotillomania: Clinical Aspects Michael R. Walther Benjamin T. P. Tucker Douglas W. Woods 97

19 Trichotillomania: The View from Dermatology Drew Miller Amy McMichael 111

10 How to Create a National Advocacy Organization Christina S. Pearson 118

11 Skin Picking: Clinical Aspects Celal Çalikusu Özlem Tecer 124

12 Skin Picking: The View from Dermatology Rungsima Wanitphakdeedecha Tina S. Alster 138

13 Onychophagia (Nail Biting): Clinical Aspects Timothy Ivor Williams 144

14 Nail Biting and Other Oral Habits: A Dentist's Perspective Sven E. Widmalm Duane C. McKay 157

Section III Information-Seeking Impulses

15 Problematic Internet Use: Clinical Aspects Timothy Liu Marc N. Potenza 167

16 Virtual Violence: The Games People Play Vladan Starcevic Guy Porter 182

17 Counseling in Cyberspace: Your E-Therapist Is on Call John H. Greist 189

Section IV Sexual and Aggressive Impulses

18 Hypersexuality: Clinical Aspects Peer Briken Andreas Hill Wolfgang Berner 197

19 The Sex Industry: Public Vice, Hidden Victims William M. Spice 213

20 Intermittent Explosive Disorder: Clinical Aspects Emil F. Coccaro Michael S. McCloskey 221

21 Violence against Women: Preventing a Social Scourge Joan C. Chrisler Sheila Ferguson 233

22 Intimate Partner Violence: Aggression at Close Quarters Christy M. McKinney Raul Caetano 240

23 Pyromania: Clinical Aspects Candice Germain Michel Lejoyeux 255

24 Arson: Choking off the Flames Paul Schwartzman 269

Appendix I Treatment Guidelines 275

Appendix II List of Scales and Assessment Instruments 280

Index 297

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