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Link Insomnia 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sleep disorder in which there is inability to fall asleep &/or stay asleep, followed by daytime functional impairment. It accompanies several sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorders. It can occur at any age, but more common in elderly. It can be short-term (up to 3 weeks) or long-term. It can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, & increase risk of ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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