Clinicians use the term Impulsivity as an umbrella term for a group of mental illnesses where there are impulsive features or compulsive drives at the core. Conditions like gambling disorder, conduct disorder and kleptomania fall under this umbrella.
Technological changes have in part contributed to Impulse Control Disorders being increasingly diagnosed. Thanks to the internet; betting, stock trading, and shopping are increasingly accessible. There has also been an increase in discussion within health professional and legal circles around impulsivity and how it impacts behaviour.
Impulsivity plays a core or key role in what is labelled as Impulsive Control Disorders. However, impulsivity to varying degrees is present in a far wider range of mental illnesses, such as ADHD. To take things down a step further; impulsivity is present in all of us, we can all get a little impulsive at times.