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The Treatment Of Psychiatric Disorders, 3rd Edition by Beverly J. Sutton, George U. Balis, William H. Reid

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CHAPTER 25

 

IMPULSE CONTROL DISORDERS NOT ELSEWHERE CLASSIFIED

 

 

 

GENERAL TREATMENT PRINCIPLES

There have been very few studies of the treatment of these disorders. Clinical and case reports often speak of impulsive (or compulsive) behaviors without actually linking them to DSM-III-R or DSM-IV criteria. In addition, treatment studies, and treatment itself, are complicated by the secrecy or shame associated with many of the syndromes. Finally, the symptoms described are often found with other primary psychiatric disorders, with treatment for the primary disorder leading to improvement in the impulse control problem. This section will not address treatments of other diagnoses (e.g., clozapine for psychosis, carbamazepine or lithium for bipolar ...

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