We all make impromptu, impulsive decisions now and then—like the time you told your broth-er-in-law what you really think about his political views...at the Thanksgiving table! Of course, that’s not inherently bad. Impulsivity only becomes a problem when it happens repeatedly, starts to screw up your life, or leads to self-destructive acts. Problematic impulsivity includes making poor, rash decisions without thinking about the long-term consequences, acting self-destructively (skipping work, flunking school, or picking fights with friends), or acting violently towards yourself or other people. So, if your impulsive behav-ior comes totally out of nowhere—or if it was always there but is starting to feel out of control, like a train off its tracks—it may be time to ask yourself what’s going on. You probably already know that severe or chronic impulsivity is a hallmark of personality disor-ders like bipolar, ADHD, and certain addictions. But it can also be a sign of infectious and chronic conditions that affect the brain, like Lyme and mold illness. And while you can’t deter-mine the root cause of your impulsive behavior on your own, you can decide to do something about it. If you’re concerned about your impulsive behavior, it’s important to get help. Talk to your prac-titioner about your symptoms, and be sure to ask about the connections between impulsivity and chronic conditions like Lyme. Remember that you may not be able to gauge your own be-havior changes as well as a friend or family member—so don’t take offense if someone you love tries to gently approach the topic with you. It can be hard to hear, but chances are, they just want to help. And by the way, if your personality includes a streak of spontaneity and you like it that way, don’t fret—no one is trying to clip your wings. This isn’t about changing who you are deep down—in fact, that’s not it at all. Instead, it’s about making sure that the great person you are isn’t being negatively affected by chronic illness. Ultimately, you are still you—don’t forget it!
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hey wanafam, does anyone know how to help with impulsivity. I have a major problem with this, especially when it comes to half harm 😔 I know I need better alternatives...but I've tried everything. Nothing seems to help me.
I've been really tired lately cause I've been awake thinking about this. I've made up my mind that I will tell him, but I just don't know how to do it. Should I text, or call, or tell him in person, or some other way? I get overwhelmed and my anxiety of everything that could go wrong is making my indecision worse. I've never been one to be impulsive and I've never done anything like this before. Can someone help me out?
I need advice on loosing weight. I have tried almost everything. I want to loose weight but then I become Impulsive and I eat junk food. Any advice?
I am struggling to manage my impulsive habits without my ADHD medication. I needed a break from it but I am just so hyperfocused on improving my interpersonal connections that I keep being overly vulnerable with those close to me. I think it is okay but everyone’s reactions tell me otherwise. Also have PTSD and lots of somatic symptoms.