Impulse Control & Conduct Disorders

Teenagers unable to resist temptations, urges, or impulses may have impulse control disorder. This disorder can lead to lifelong struggles, so it is important to teach teenagers how to manage their urges and behaviors.

At Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers in Los Angeles and Malibu, we offer programs designed to help teenagers with impulse control or conduct disorders. To learn more about our treatment options, contact Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers at 866-889-3665.

Learn about Impulse Control & Conduct Disorders

If your teenager does not think before they act or has trouble controlling their urges, they may have impulse control disorder.

Impulse control disorder (ICD) is characterized by a failure to resist a temptation, urge, or impulse that may be harmful to oneself or others. This can include addictions to alcohol or other drugs, eating disorders, gambling, arson, or rage.

Conduct disorder has a few key differences. Conduct disorder (CD) is a consistent and persistent pattern of behaviors that may seem antisocial. It is a serious behavior that can appear in children and adolescents. Though many teenagers have rebellious phases, it is considered a conduct disorder when it is long-lasting and disruptive to everyday life.

Signs & Symptoms of Impulse Control & Conduct Disorders

Warning signs of impulse control disorder include:

  • Theft
  • Compulsive lying
  • Starting fires
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Obsessive or compulsive thought patterns
  • Impatience
  • Irritability
  • Isolation

Conduct disorders manifest in children and teenagers as follows:

  • Aggressive behavior
  • Intimidation
  • Deceit
  • Lying
  • Truancy
  • Damaging property
  • Trouble feeling empathy or remorse
  • Trouble reading social cues

Treating Impulse Control & Conduct Disorders

For teenagers with impulse control or conduct disorders, it is difficult to successfully treat the disorder without professional support. Their symptoms, habits, and behaviors can be managed with therapy and inpatient treatment.