The Relationships Between Impulse-Control Disorders, Compulsion Disorders, and Addictions
- Gordon MacNeilGordon MacNeilThe University of Alabama
- and B. Michelle BrazealB. Michelle BrazealThe University of Alabama
This article presents information regarding the evolving understanding of the relationships between impulse-control disorders, compulsion-related disorders, and addictions (both substance-related and behavioral). The traditional model describing the relationship between impulse-control disorders and compulsion-related disorders is now considered overly simplistic. New research suggests that this relationship is complex, and distinctions between these disorders are not as solid as previously thought. Information about this dynamic relationship also has implications for substance use disorders and behavioral addictions.