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 low quality evidence suggests increased impulsivity in non-planning, motor and cognitive domains in people with bipolar disorder during remission of illness compared to controls.

March 2019

Last updated at: 3:37 am, 30th March 2019
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