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Can kleptomania be related to anxiety or panic attack disorders?

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Dr. Paul Pancner
17 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Anxiety related: In my clinical experience, kleptomania seems to be loosely connected with obsessive compulsive disorder in that the individual feels a strong compulsion to acquire something and forcing themselves to not follow thru leads to discomfort and anxiousness. The ind also struggles with the obsessive thoughts. Ocd is a type of anxiety disorder. Not heard of ppl experimcing panic, but it is certainly poss.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016

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