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How do you treat a child with kleptomania?

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Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Amster
Dr. Michael Amster
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Dr. Paul Cohen
Or a visit by the local police might curb his behavior...
Dr. Mohammed Younus
Psychiatry

In brief: Behavior therapy

Kleptomania: an irresistible desire to steal is rather difficult to treat.
Cognitive behavior therapy has been successful in some cases. The desire to steal is at times preceded with psychic tension build up and stealing relieves the tension, this becomes the basis of therapy. Some medications have been tried like ssris and Clonidine as well as antipsychotics like risperdal.

In brief: Behavior therapy

Kleptomania: an irresistible desire to steal is rather difficult to treat.
Cognitive behavior therapy has been successful in some cases. The desire to steal is at times preceded with psychic tension build up and stealing relieves the tension, this becomes the basis of therapy. Some medications have been tried like ssris and Clonidine as well as antipsychotics like risperdal.
Dr. Mohammed Younus
Dr. Mohammed Younus
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