Reviewer: Brett C. Plyler, M.D.(Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This book reviews the range of impulse control disorders from pathogenesis to treatment. Each section is written by a leading expert in the field.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide "cutting-edge, concise, and practical information" about impulse control disorders. The book meets the authors' objectives.
Audience: It is written for clinicians and researchers dealing with impulse control disorders but it could also be very useful for non-professionals interested in impulse control disorders.
Features: The book begins with the conception/classification and assessment of impulse control disorders. Subsequent chapters examine intermittent explosive disorder, childhood conduct disorder/antisocial spectrum, self-injurious behaviors, sexual compulsions, binge eating, trichotillomania, kleptomania, compulsive shopping, pyromania, pathological gambling, and problematic Internet use. Each section covers assessment, symptoms, epidemiology, comorbidity, treatment, and outcomes.
Assessment: This is an excellent examination of impulse control disorders. It reviews each disorder thoroughly and presents clear assessment and treatment methods. The treatments are the most up-to-date available and are especially useful with such problems as Internet usage and compulsive shopping. The sections on impulsive aggression and self-injurious behaviors are both excellent. I would highly recommend this book for any clinician who treats patients with impulse control disorders.