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Dr. Sophie Duriez
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Kleptomania (Overview)

Kleptomania is a psychological disorder whereby the individual has an irresistible urge to steal.


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I want to know my options for treating kleptomania?

I want to know my options for treating kleptomania?

See below: I know of no specific treatment but f/u with a counselor experienced in impulse control issues is a start. Meds that help impulsiveness may have a role but are largely not looked at for this specific indication or process addictions in general. ...Read more

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Dr. Sophie Duriez
25 doctors shared insights

Kleptomania (Overview)

Kleptomania is a psychological disorder whereby the individual has an irresistible urge to steal.


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Are the symptoms of kleptomania and is there any way to prevent them?

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

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What are the tests for kleptomania?

What are the tests for kleptomania?

Clinical assessment.: There's no laboratory test to diagnose kleptomania. Instead, it is diagnosed based on ur signs & symptoms. It is a type of impulse control disorder. In addition to asking qs about ur impulses & how they make u feel, ur dr. May review a list of situations to see if they trigger kleptomania episodes & have u fill out psychological questionnaires. Diagnostic criteria is spelled out in dsm4. ...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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Mother of my baby has kleptomania. What does this mean for future?

Mother of my baby has kleptomania. What does this mean for future?

Recognizing the: Problem is the first step. But many patients are so embarrassed and ashamed that they don't seek treatment, sometimes even after they are in trouble with the law. Go with her to her psychiatric evaluation and help her get the treatment she needs and deserves. ...Read more

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How do you treat a child with kleptomania?

How do you treat a child with kleptomania?

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. ...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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What is the medical cause of kleptomania?

What is the medical cause of kleptomania?

Kleptomania: There is no known medical cause of kleptomania. It is a psychiatric disorder categorized among the impulse control disorders. The release of dopamine, the reward neurotransmitter, gives a "high", when people steal and/or engage in other risky behaviors such as gambling. There might be some genetic component involved. Brain injury may sometimes suspected as a possible trigger for kleptomania. ...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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How can I break my kleptomania?

Seek help: It is not likely that one can cure their own psychological disorder. One must have insight into why a behavior is done to change it. Very few people have that kind of insight. Psychotherapy is the usual process for understanding oneself and making changes. ...Read more