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Impulse Control Disorder Statistics

(Also Known As: Kleptomania Statistics, Trichotillomania Statistics, Impulsivity Statistics, Obsessive Compulsive Statistics, Pyromania Statistics, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Statistics, Monomanic Instinctives Statistics)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Statistics on Impulse Control Disorder

  • Intermittent explosive disorder is more common among men than in women; 80% of the total 2% of intermittent explosive disorder patients admitted in hospital psychiatric services are men.
  • A 2006 study published by Harvard University researchers suggests that the disorder is considerably more prevalent than previously thought. In a study of almost 10,000 individuals 18 years or older, lifetime episodes were reported at 7.3%, while 12-month occurrences were reported at 3.9%. This suggests a mean lifetime occurrence of 43 instances, with an average of $1359 in property damage
  • A 2005 study conducted in the U.S. State of Rhode Island found the prevalence to be 6.3% (SE, +/- 0.7%) for lifetime for 1300 patients under psychiatric evaluation. Prevalence is higher in men than in women. The disorder itself is not easily characterized and often exhibits co morbidity with other mood disorders, particularly bipolar disorder. 28
  • Prevalence of kleptomania is estimated to be about 0.6%. 3.8-24% of those arrested for shoplifting have a kleptomania condition.
  • Kleptomania is more common among women than men; the male to female ratio is 1:3 in clinical samples. 29
  • Studies of shoplifters suggest that perhaps fewer than 5% would fulfill the DSM-IV criteria for kleptomania but given that many sufferers tend to be exceptionally secretive about their behavior, the percentage in the general population may be higher. Most reported cases of kleptomania have been female. 30
  • Pyromania is more common among men. Among children who attend out-patient psychiatric clinics, 20% have a history of occasional fire setting. 31
  • Pathological gambling occurs in roughly 1-3% of the population. Pathological gambling appears to occur in between 0.1 to 2.3% of the population in the United States, although the DSM-IV-TR suggests that it may range as high as 3.4% generally, and up to 7% in specific geographical areas. Rates are similar in Canada. Researchers suggest that approximately 1.2 million show signs of problem gambling. The ratio of men to women affected by pathological gambling is approximately 3:1, although the ratio in treatment programs appears to be far higher.
  • Pathological gambling in men typically begins in adolescence although it may not come to professional attention until the man is well into adulthood. The typical pathological male gambler is white, aged 40-50 years, and comes from middle to upper socioeconomic bracket.
  • Women tend to develop the behavior later in life and the onset often appears to coincide with a specific stress or major loss. The gambling is initiated as an escape or an emotional response to an event.
  • Trichotillomania is more common in women although present in both men and women the behavior tends to be reported to health professionals by more women than men. Statistics indicate that between .6 –3% of women may suffer from this disorder, as opposed to between 0.6 –1.5% of men
  • Compulsive spending or oniomania which shows many similarities to kleptomania is more prevalent in women than men. 32

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Related Conditions

Intermittent Explosive Disorder – Extreme Expression of Anger, Impulsiveness, Uncontrolled Rage, Outbursts in Moods
Kleptomania – Compulsion to Steal, Hoarding, Collecting of Things Illegally, Shoplifting
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Intrusive Thoughts, Impulsiveness, Strong Inclination for Something, Compulsive Behavior
Pyromania – Uncontrolled Desire to Set Fire Due to Psychosis, Revenge of Monetary Gains, Euphoria