Impulse control problems are seen in children who cannot resist the urge or urge to perform certain actions that are harmful to themselves or others.
Stating that many disorders such as attention deficit and hyperactivity can accompany the impulse control problem, experts point out that children with this problem are mostly labeled and excluded because they do behaviors that their friends do not want or are angry with. Experts, who advise parents to be clear and limiting in the process of providing impulse control in children, emphasize that punishment or violence should not be applied to the child who commits violence.
Specialist Clinical Psychologist Seda Aydoğdu from Üsküdar University NP Feneryolu Medical Center gave important information about impulse control in children and gave advice to families.
It is possible to teach the child impulse control
Stating that impulse control can be taught to children according to their age and cognitive development, Seda Aydoğdu said, "First of all, after a detailed psychiatric examination, in addition to the treatment that the child psychiatrist deems appropriate, studies should be carried out to establish the cause-effect relationship and delay gratification. Teaching a child to control impulses can happen over time and from the child's experience.” said.
Different disorders may accompany the impulse control problem.
Specialist Clinical Psychologist Seda Aydoğdu said that children who cannot provide impulse control often have other problems and continued:
“Impulse control problem can be accompanied by many disorders such as attention deficit and hyperactivity. The way the child behaves may change depending on the additional diagnosis. When we look at the DSM diagnostic criteria, we can see that children with impulse problems are unable to resist their desire or impulse to perform certain actions that are harmful to themselves or others. They can be planned or unplanned in what they do. Before the action, they experience an increasing sense of tension and distress. A sense of satisfaction and relaxation is provided by performing the action. They may or may not feel guilt or remorse after the act.”
Parents should be clear and limiting
Emphasizing that parents should be clear and restrictive at this stage, Aydoğdu said, “They should also talk to their children and guide their children through the consequences of their actions. Since there is a high probability of the types of impulse disorder and other accompanying disorders, families should definitely take their children to a child and adolescent psychiatrist, and behavioral maps should be created based on expert support and guidance.” gave advice.
Violence should not be used for violence against children
Seda Aydoğdu said, "Studies show that impulse control disorder is the basis of violence and more of a psychiatric illness," and continued her words as follows:
“Depending on the age of the child, control studies should be carried out, and a roadmap should be created for families with feedback and guidance from experts. In this process, using violence or punishing the child for violence can increase the anger of the child. For this reason, family behaviors should be determined as a result of the pharmacological and therapeutic relationship.”
They can be tagged and ostracized by their friends
Seda Aydoğdu noted that undesirable events may occur as a result of children wanting to take action immediately because they cannot delay the behavior they want, in order to get something they want right away, or because they cannot follow the rules at school, they can be tagged by their teachers and friends. They are often ostracized by their friends because they do things that their friends do not want or are angry with.” said.
Play and cognitive behavioral therapy methods are used
Specialist Clinical Psychologist Seda Aydoğdu, who stated that play therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy methods can be used against impulse control disorder, said, “The main purpose of the methods is to gain behavioral patterns for children to comply with social norms.” he said.