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Impulse control disorder can impact every aspect of life. The aftermath of impulsive decisions can cause severe anxiety and stress. Luckily, there are some options to get help. We’ve outlined the top options available for those with ICD below.
Budgeting and Money Control Software
Those with impulse control disorder often struggle with making sound financial decisions. They may find themselves spending money often without a thought about it and going into debt. In these cases, stress can just grow and grow, and it’s hard to come back from poor credit.
Luckily, many money controlling and budgeting software programs now exist. You can log into your bank using the budget app’s site, and the bank will connect to their software. It will review your spending in every category, how many bills you have and when they’re due, and how much money you spend per month compared to what you earn.
Once the app has analyzed your financial standing, they will provide tips for budgeting. You can set your own budget in the app, and the app will notify you when you have a bill coming up. You can also deposit money into some of these apps to keep as a savings account. They will lock the money in the app until a chosen date or amount has been reached.
Project Management Software
Similar to a money management program, project management software programs are designed to help you organize your life a little better. If you have a job or a lengthy list of things to do each day, the project software will organize your tasks by due date, time, and priority. You can list as much as you want, and you can even set reminders.
If you’re struggling with remembering appointments, a project management app or calendar app will help remind you when your appointments are before they happen, so you can get to them on time.
Timers can be utilized in a multitude of ways. However, they function well for people with impulse control issues or ADHD. The timer can be utilized for taking a break from work or school, using the internet, or working on assignments.
Internet usage is shown to increase impulsivity, especially in adolescents. Using a timer of an hour on the internet each day and stopping use when it goes off will help you both learn to ignore impulse urges and also be able to set a schedule and stick to it.
You can also use a timer to remember things if you forget things easily. For example, you can use it while cooking a meal, when you need to remember to do your homework after a certain time, or when you need a reminder to change activities.
ATM and Debit Card Limits
Since financial impulsivity is so common in those with impulse control disorder, being able to limit yourself will help substantially. Check with your bank to see if there’s an ATM withdrawal and debit card limit that you can spend per day. Lower it to around 100 dollars or less if you don’t have a lot of commitments daily.
Doing this will help you learn to take out some money in small increments and save your money to buy something you want. This trick can be done with teenagers with ICD as well, as they do not have as many financial burdens as an adult.
If you have a larger spending amount daily, you’ll want to increase those limits just a bit.
Finally, in the growing world of technology, online therapy is more prevalent than ever. For those who hate talking on the phone or on video chat, online chat with a licensed therapist is now available on some sites.
Talking to a therapist can help you identify other coping skills that will help you reduce your impulsivity. If you want to learn more about impulse control disorder, check out BetterHelp, one of the leading online providers of online therapy.
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