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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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Kleptomania (Definition)

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


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What causes kleptomania?

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?

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 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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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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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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How canyou deal with kleptomania in children?

Kleptomania: It is an impulse control disorder, characterized by urge to steal. It can occur with mood, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse & obsessive compulsive do. Treatment is thru cognitive behavioral therapy & medications to treat the associated comorbid disorders. ...Read more

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Should kleptomania suffers take something for it?

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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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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