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Impulsivity

 

Some people with TS or TS+ have impulsivity problems, often saying and doing things they immediately (or later) wish they hadn’t said or done.

 

This impulsivity has sometimes been described as the “ready, fire, aim’ syndrome.

 

With this condition, the thought of an action or verbal response that comes to mind is acted on without proper consideration.

 

This doesn’t happen with all thoughts.  Under normal conditions when a thought is generated, consideration is given to the thought, the pros and cons are weighed and a decision is made whether to carry out the considered action.  Most times the proper decision is made in a very short time and the action is carried out or abandoned, depending on that decision.

 

However, on occasion, a person with impulsivity problems will act on the thought before the process has been completed.  The action is carried out before the decision is made.

 

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