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Do kleptomaniacs have particular things they like to steal usually?

Not that I know of: Nothing really in particular that i know of. Kleptomania can land a person in jail, so i recommend help for someone with such a condition. ...Read more

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Dr. Sophie Duriez
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Kleptomania (Definition)

Kleptomania is a psychological disorder whereby the individual has an ...Read more


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What things make kleptomania more likely?

What things make kleptomania more likely?

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. ...Read more

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I have kleptomania and am depressed. Why do I have so many things wrong with me?

I have kleptomania and am depressed. Why do I have so many things wrong with me?

That's not many: Things. Kleptomania frequently causes anxiety and depression. With treatment, all your symptoms should improve. ...Read more

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Could someone that has a control disorder like kleptomania go to prison?

Could someone that has a control disorder like kleptomania go to prison?

Yes.: Arrest and imprisonment can be "complications" of kleptomania. Although the individual with kleptomania may feel compelled to act on their impulse, they know it is wrong/illegal and while the legal system may take the condition into account, they often do not. ...Read more

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What causes kleptomania?

Too complex: There probably is no one cause for this disorder. It appears to be psychological in nature which means the reason will be different for each person who has the disorder. ...Read more

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What is a good cure for kleptomania?

Stealing: This is a form of compulsive maladaptive behavior to feelings of loss deprivation and conflict. Cognitive behavioral treatment is best ssri if depressed. ...Read more

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Is kleptomania a real mental illness?

Is kleptomania a real mental illness?

Yes.: Kleptomania is very different from a person stealing for monitary gain or stealing things that are necessary to live. In general, the items stolen are of little value either to the person or monitarily. Yet the person cannot resist the impulse to take them. ...Read more

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Is there a link between bulimia and kleptomania?

Is there a link between bulimia and kleptomania?

Impulse control: Possibly. Both could be seen as impulse control disorders, although bulimia is an eating disorder. Underlying is a sense of not having enough and needing more that is driven by dysregulation of impulse control. ...Read more

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Is there a link between insomnia and kleptomania?

Is there a link between insomnia and kleptomania?

None I know of: To my knowledge, there is no link at all between problems sleeping and a compulsion to steal things. The former is much more common than the latter, and possibly someone with kleptomania will have trouble sleeping because of guilt or fear of being caught. But insomnia definitely is not a cause of kelptmania. ...Read more

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What are the psychological factors behind kleptomania?

Kleptomania: Several. Older theories talk about unresolved or unmet dependency needs and yearning for a father figure. ...Read more