control disorders are a class of psychiatric disorders that
are loosely defined by severe impulsivity. They may also be
thought of as disorders that involve the inability to control
one’s short-term impulses in pursuit of a larger, future
goal. Examples of impulse disorders include pathological gambling,
kleptomania (compulsive stealing), hoarding of useless objects,
and compulsive eating.
by Catherine E. Myers. Copyright © 2009 Memory Loss and
While the cause of many impulse control disorders is unknown,
some patients taking dopamine-related
medications for Parkinson’s
disease begin to develop impulse control disorders –
even as the medications may ameliorate the motor symptoms
associated with the disease.