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Disinhibition - What Is Disinhibition?


Updated April 11, 2014

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Disinhibition refers to a state of reduced control over one's behaviors, impulses, attention, and emotions. Disinhibition is the opposite of inhibition, which is a state of control over one's responses.

Individuals differ in terms of their natural capacity to inhibit their behavior. However, certain conditions can create or exacerbate disinhibition (e.g., traumatic brain injury, psychiatric disorders, or substance use).

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