Impulse allergy



The  name “impulse allergy” or ”impression allergy” (in Swedish intryckssallergi or in “Italian Italian “Allergia di impulsi” o  “allergia di impressioni”)  was mentioned February 11,  in the Swedish news Rapport, telling about the importance of teachers learning about about this  phenomenon that children’s with ADHD suffer.

Gustav Fridolin. Image source: Creative commons Wiki )

The Swedish education Minister Gustav Fridolìn was invited to try to learn something with a lot of distracting noices. He said it was difficult after he test. ( ) The focus was on the Attention deficit problem (ADD) many children’s with ADHD have. Impulse allergy was the name given to ADD. I will focus on this phenomenon in this article.

ADD  is poorly documented in Internet.  The name”Impulse allergy”  or “Impression allergy” is not found in Internet. But you find a lot of information about ADHD rhat includes ADD.



Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects children and teens and can continue into adulthood. ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder of children. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. (     )



I got no valuable  information about ADD. but I have found some valuable information in the article “Adult Attention Deficit Disorder: A Real Concern” about AADD

“one third of the adults affected with AADD do not show any hyperactive behavior” (  )

The article continues

“In the brain of patients with AADD, executive function is impaired. This is the function that governs a person’s ability to monitor their own behavior by organizing and planning. This disorder affects approximately 2 to 4% of adults…”  (  )

congnitive impulsiveness

“…. AADD patients are often the types seen by others as not thinking before they speak or act…. ”  (  )

Medication in affected children

“…..Ritalin is the most commonly known medication and is used in the treatment of ADD in children with some success.”  (  )

Having worked with children with ADD (attention deficit disorder) and ADHD I find that “Impulse allergy” is a very good word to describle the problem these childrens have in the classroom.

I have found that children suffering of ADD have great difficulties to listen to and understand the teacher if there are noice around like a classmate makeing sounds of some sort or if someone is moving around. These childrens can not filter out those disturbing impulses.

It seems that the brain is able to lower the  volume of disturbing sounds you are not intrested in so you can better concentrate on what e.g. the teacher is talking about. explains well about impulse allergy. ( Install the google translate extension  in Chrome webstore to get a discrete translation into your language ).



The ticking clock example

Bildresultat för old clock

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I use to explain the brain filtering function with the example of a ticking clock. During the day when you are relaxed, you may not even hear the clock ticking.

But at night when your brain is tired and its filtering function is not working as expected, the ticking clock sound is higher and you can not sleep. You simply have to stop that clock to be bale to relax and sleep.


I have not heard about ADD childrens having problems wih sleeplessness. Read more about sleeplessness in

There are a lot of youtubes  about sleeplessess.



There isi now a community and site informing about ADD. That is but it mainly informs about ADHD.

Neither descibes ADD .


But there are several Swedish sites  informing about impulse allergy, among others:

Classrooms for impulse sensitive childrens

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