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What things make kleptomania more likely?

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Dr. Robert Thilo
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Kleptomania: Kleptomania is is an irresistible urge to steal items of trivial value. Causes are unknown for this complex disorder, head injury may precipitate symptoms however most cases stem from a history of poor parenting, relationship conflicts, or acute stressors—abrupt occurrences that cause stress. There may be associated personality disorder or mood disorder that can be treated.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Several things: Make kleptomania more likely. A family history of kleptomania, having another mental illness such as bipolar, depression or anxiety disorder, being female, and a history of head trauma all make kleptomania more likely.

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