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CNS Spectr. 2014 Feb;19(1):21-7. doi: 10.1017/S109285291300028X. Epub 2013 May 10.

Brain circuitry of compulsivity and impulsivity.

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1 Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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2 Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

Abstract

Impulsivity and compulsivity have been considered opposite poles of a continuous spectrum, but their relationship appears to be more complex. Disorders characterized by impulsivity often have features of compulsivity and vice versa. The overlaps of the constructs of compulsivity and impulsivity warrant additional investigation, not only to identify the similarities and differences, but also to examine the implications for prevention and treatment strategies of both compulsive and impulsive behaviors.

PMID:
23659364
DOI:
10.1017/S109285291300028X
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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