Carolina Counseling Services - Chronic Impulsivity: Is It a Concern?
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Chronic Impulsivity: Is It a Concern?
All of us sometimes make decisions based on gut feeling, instinct, or our current mood. Without these impulsive decisions, life would be very dull. However, if you make all your decisions impulsively, including important ones like where to invest your money, leaving a job, or whom to marry, you may suffer a lifetime of serious consequences. This also includes impulsive overeating and buying.
Acting on instinct is normal and often the right response to a situation. It is not inherently bad. In fact, an impulsive urge can sometimes keep you out of danger or lead to genius breakthroughs. In some cases, however, acting with no or little forethought can ruin your long-term goals and cause you much grief. When impulsivity becomes anxiety-related or causes you distress, you may have to do something about it.
Making a Decision on the Spur of the Moment
People with chronic impulsivity have trouble controlling their emotions and behaviors. Things are done without considering the consequences, and their behaviors are totally irrational. While the condition involves difficulty regulating emotions and behavior, an excerpt from the DSM Library further describes chronic impulsivity as a unique behavioral condition that violates the rights of others and may bring the affected individual into significant conflict with society norms or authorities.
If you are a psychologically, emotionally, and behaviorally healthy adult, you may occasionally think or act impulsively and find the consequences thrilling, entertaining, exhausting, frightening, or threatening. Avram Holmes, a psychology and psychiatry professor at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, told Live Science that humans have the tendency to engage in sensation-seeking and impulsive behaviors as an inherited trait from the early ancestors’ function for survival and reproductive fitness.
On the other hand, if you have been diagnosed with chronic impulsivity, the people around you are likely to be concerned about their safety. It may be very difficult to talk sense to an impulsive person. Impulsiveness becomes dysfunctional when the person makes reckless decisions that are insufficiently supported by rational reasoning.
Understanding the Causes and Symptoms
The causes and symptoms of chronic impulsivity vary depending on the age, gender, and environment of the individual. It is often associated with other diseases and disorders that affect more than 1 million American people, such as obsessive compulsive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, which can cause people to lose reason and act based on instinct.
At other times, it is a result of improper modeling of appropriate behaviors or emotional guidance during childhood. Those with psychological, emotional, or behavioral issues are most likely to have parents with a similar diagnosis or other disorders. Sometimes, a traumatic experience, such as sudden death or physical abuse, may also bring on chronic impulsivity.
A chronically impulsive person manifests these common symptoms: frequent boredom, lack of tolerance, risky and disruptive behavior, ignoring consequences, aggression, possible use of drugs or alcohol, and difficulty in maintaining relationships. It is also accompanied by psychosocial symptoms such as low self-esteem, depression, high level of anxiety, emotional detachment, and social isolation.
Like most psychological, emotional, and behavioral conditions, chronic impulsivity is treatable with therapy and medication.
Reach Out for Help to Curb the Impulses
Everyone tends to act impulsively at some point in time, especially in the midst of excitement or while doing something they are passionate about. For example, impulsivity pushes analysts and diplomats to follow their vision, and propels explorers to take a risk to achieve a goal. At extreme levels, however, it can lead to poor outcomes, like stealing or gambling.
Through proper treatment, these risky behaviors can be tamed. Therapy and medication are the primary forms of treatment; therapy can help you get to the underlying cause and find ways to manage the impulses. A professional specializing in chronic impulsivity can help you or someone you know learn the appropriate way to respond to emotional triggers. With the right skills, you can develop healthy self-esteem and a new self-image.
Turn to Carolina Counseling Services in Fayetteville, NC, before your impulses lead to more serious consequences. Chronic impulsivity is difficult to treat, and it is important to find a therapist you can trust and feel comfortable working with. When you make a call, you will be matched with the right-fit professional independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services in Fayetteville, NC, who can help you modify your behavior and regulate your impulses. Just contact CCS and request an appointment.
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