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How do you treat a child with kleptomania?

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Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Therapy: If your child is just "taking a walk on the wild side" good discipline techniques work fine. However if he is pathologically stealing all the time, he needs play therapy. There is almost always a root cause, an instability or a feeling of inadequacy. Kleptomania is antisocial behavior, and can stem from bullying, instability at home, and a host of other social and psychological traumas.
Dr. Paul Cohen
Dr. Paul Cohen commented
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Or a visit by the local police might curb his behavior...
Nov 15, 2011
Dr. Mohammed Younus
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Behavior therapy: Kleptomania: an irresistible desire to steal is rather difficult to treat. Cognitive behavior therapy has been successful in some cases. The desire to steal is at times preceded with psychic tension build up and stealing relieves the tension, this becomes the basis of therapy. Some medications have been tried like ssris and Clonidine as well as antipsychotics like risperdal.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Kleptomania: Behavioral therapy and Cognitive behavioral therapy are options. I don't know the age of the person. SSRI's can also be beneficial.

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