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This article has been rewritten as a complement to the article “Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.”

Updated on 29 Sep 2016. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 20 July 2017

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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.

Keywords: impulse-control disorders, compulsion-related disorders, behavioral addictions

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