Impulsivity: Definition, Causes, & Treatments
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Primary Changes: Edited for readability and clarity. Reviewed and added relevant resources. Revised “What Causes Impulsive Behavior.” Added “What Is Impulsive Behavior,” “Examples of Impulsive Behavior,” “Impulsivity & Associated Disorders,” and “Impacts of Impulsivity.” New content written by Alexa Donnelly, LCSW and reviewed by Heidi Moawad, MD.
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