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Impulse Control

Impulse Control

/im·pulse/ /con·trol/

Impulse control is defined as the power to influence or direct one self’s behavior or the course of events when a sudden strong and unreflective urge or desire to act arises.

Impulse control deals hand in hand with self-discipline and is a respectable quality to possess. It is the ability to resist a temptation, urge or impulse that may harm one-self or others.

Impulse control is psychological and may be the single most important indicator of a person's future in terms of a number of friends, school performance, and future employment.

Studies have shown that those with better impulse control and self-discipline have found more success in life. In specific areas such as academics, wealth, and also marriage compared to those that have poor impulse control. Those who can wait for larger rewards even when faced with immediate smaller rewards show the ability of impulse control.


Impulsivity has been variously defined as behavior without adequate thought, the tendency to act with less forethought than do most individuals of equal ability and knowledge, or a predisposition toward rapid, unplanned reactions to internal or external stimuli without regard to the negative consequences of these reactions.

Impulsivity is associated with many different psychiatric disorders including mania, personality disorders and substance abuse disorders. However, there is significant disagreement among researchers regarding the definition and credibility of impulsivity and how it should be measured, if at all.

The onset for impulsivity for teens is usually between the ages of 12 and 13 and may be associated with lack of inhibition control in the brain. If at age 15-16 lack of impulse control suddenly appears, this is thought to be late onset and usually will correct itself around ages 18-19. Late onset impulse control is usually due to peer pressure. It is important to define where your teen falls on this spectrum to determine the type of care or supervision that may be needed.

Independent Living Programs

/in·de·pen·dent/ /liv·ing/ /pro·grams/

Independent living programs are therapeutic facilities that cater to you adults, ages 17-28, who have struggled to adapt to an adult lifestyle. Young adults who have a lack of living skills, have some type of mental or therapeutic illness, and/or struggle with unhealthy addictions can find the treatment and care that they need at an independent living program.

Young adults are taught invaluable life lessons while enrolled at an independent living program. Real life situations such as, paying bills, finding employment and other life skills are all taught at an independent living program.

Independent living programs are readily available all across the country. Similar to residential and transitional living programs, independent living programs tend to operate under a home-like model. This helps therapeutic staff prepare young men and women for the real world by simulating real life situations in a controlled, fully staffed environment.