What is impulsivity?

Impulsivity is a predisposition towards unplanned reactions to internal or external stimuli, without regard to the consequences. Impulsivity is a major feature in a variety of psychiatric disorders, and is a common feature of manic episodes in people with bipolar disorder. It may also be present during remission/euthymia and depression phases of bipolar disorder.

What is the evidence for impulsivity?

Moderate to high quality evidence suggests increased monetary delay discounting (preference for immediate small rewards over later large rewards) in people with bipolar disorder than controls. Moderate to low quality evidence also suggests increased impulsivity in non-planning, motor and cognitive domains during remission of bipolar disorder.

February 2020

Last updated at: 3:25 am, 3rd March 2020
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