Disorders whose essential features are the failure to resist an impulse, drive, or temptation to perform an act that is harmful to the individual or to others. Individuals experience an increased sense of tension prior to the act and pleasure, gratification or release of tension at the time of committing the act.
An activity distinguished primarily by an element of risk in trying to obtain a desired goal, e.g., playing a game of chance for money.
An act performed without delay, reflection, voluntary direction or obvious control in response to a stimulus.
Compulsion to pull out one's hair.
An object or a situation that can serve to reinforce a response, to satisfy a motive, or to afford pleasure.
The state wherein the person is well adjusted.
Behavior-response patterns that characterize the individual.
A major deviation from normal patterns of behavior.
A personality disorder marked by a pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts. (DSM-IV)