In the last decade, much needed attention and research has been focused on the group of psychiatric conditions termed 'impulse control disorders' or ICDs. Pathological gambling, compulsive shopping, kleptomania, hypersexuality, Internet 'addiction', among other disorders, are characterized by a recurrent urge to perform a repetitive behavior that is gratifying in the moment but causes significant long-term distress and disability. Despite the high rate of co-morbidity with obsessive compulsive disorder, ICDs are now clearly distinguished from these disorders with a unique clinical approach for diagnosis and treatment. A wide array of psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic options is now available for treating these disorders. Drs Elias Aboujaoude and Lorrin M. Koran have collated the world's foremost experts in ICD research and treatment to create a comprehensive book on the frequency, evolution, treatment, and related public policy, public health, forensic, and medical issues of these disorders. This is the first book to bring together medical and social knowledge bases related to impulse control disorders. * Edited by: Elias Aboujaoude, Stanford University School of Medicine, California * Edited by: Lorrin M. Koran, Stanford University School of Medicine, California Features • Combines medical and social perspectives for diagnosis and treatment • Comprehensively covers a wide range of disorders, from trichotillomania to hypersexuality • Chapters written by leading experts in the field, with cutting-edge treatment options Table of Contents Part I. Acquisitive Impulses: 1. Compulsive buying: clinical aspects Donald W. Black 2. Compulsive buying: cultural contributors and consequences April Lane Benson, Helga Dittmar, and Reeta Wolfsohn 3. Kleptomania: clinical aspects Lorrin M. Koran, Dana Bodnik, and Pinhas N. Dannon 4. Kleptomania and the law Brad Novak 5. Pathological gambling: clinical aspects Jon E. Grant and Brian L. Odlaug 6. Pathological gambling: promoting risk, possessing ruin Laura M. Letson 7. Cash and casinos: an Indian perspective Eileen M. Luna Part II. Pellicular Impulses: 8. Trichotillomania: clinical aspects Michael R. Walther, Benjamin T. P. Tucker, and Douglas W. Woods 9. Trichotillomania: the view from dermatology Drew Miller and Amy McMichael 10. How to create a national advocacy organization Christina S. Pearson 11. Skin picking: clinical aspects Celal Calikusu and Ozlem Tecer 12. Skin picking: the view from dermatology Rungsima Wanitphakdeedecha and Tina S. Alster 13. Nail biting: clinical aspects Timothy Ivor Williams 14. Nail biting and other oral habits: a dental perspective Sven E. Widmalm and Duane C. McKay Part III. Information-Seeking Impulses: 15. Problematic Internet use: clinical aspects Timothy Liu and Marc N. Potenza 16. Virtual violence: the games people play Vladan Starcevic and Guy Porter 17. Counseling in cyberspace: your e-therapist is on call John H. Greist Part IV. Sexual and Aggressive Impulses: 18. Hypersexuality: clinical aspects Peer Briken, Andreas Hill, and Wolfgang Berner 19. The sex industry: public vice, hidden victims William M. Spice 20. Intermittent explosive disorder: clinical aspects Emil F. Coccaro and Michael S. McCloskey 21. Violence against women: preventing a social scourge Joan C. Chrisler and Sheila Ferguson 22. Intimate partner violence: aggression at close quarters Christy M. McKinney and Raul Caetano 23. Pyromania: clinical aspects Candice Germain and Michel Lejoyeux 24. Arson: choking off the flames Paul Schwartzman.