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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...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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How can I break my kleptomania?

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

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How do I know if I have kleptomania?

How do I know if I have kleptomania?

Rather than self : Diagnosing, why not make an appointment with a psychiatrist for a thorough evaluation? ...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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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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What is the definition or description of: Kleptomania?

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

Dr. Sophie Duriez
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Kleptomania (Definition)

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