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Kleptomania: Definition

Kleptomania
ICD-10 F63.2
ICD-9 312.32
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Kleptomania (Greek: κλέπτειν, kleptein, "to steal", μανία, "mania") is an impulse control disorder, inability or great difficultly in resisting the impulse to stealing.

A person with this disorder is compelled to steal things, generally things of little or no value, such as pens, paper clips, small toys, or packets of sugar. Some may not be aware that they have committed the theft until later. The majority of kleptomaniacs sometimes have preferences to certain items (again, usually subconsciously); for example, batteries or television remote controls.

Kleptomania is distinguished from shoplifting or ordinary theft, as shoplifters and thieves generally steal for monetary value, or associated gains and usually display intent or premeditation, while people with kleptomania aren't necessarily contemplating the value of the items they steal or even the theft until they are compulsed.

Although a kleptomaniac may steal uncontrollably without realisation, judicial courts in the United Kingdom and United States generally do not accept kleptomania as an affirmative defense.

TreatmentsEdit

Kleptomania has several different treatments. Behavior modification therapy and family therapy may be used to treat kleptomaniacs.

Some medications that are used for people diagnosed with kleptomania are fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, paroxetine, sertraline, lithium, trazodone and Valproate.

Some symptoms of it:

  • Recurrent failure to resist impulses to steal objects that are not needed for personal use or for their monetary value.
  • Increasing sense of tension immediately before committing the theft.
  • Pleasure, gratification, or relief at the time of committing the theft.
  • Stealing not committed to express anger or vengence
  • Stealing not in response to a delusion or hallucination


Kleptomania: Description

Kleptomania is distingushed from shoplifting or ordinary theft, as shoplifters and theives generally steal for monetary value, or associated gains and usually display intent or premeditation, while people with kleptomania aren't necessarily contemplating the value of the items they steal or even the theft until they are compulsed.

Although a kleptomaniac may steal uncontrollably without realization, judicial courts in the United Kingdom and United States will not accept "kleptomania" as a legal excuse.


Main articlesEdit

Main article: Kleptomania - Diagnosis & evaluation
Main article: Kleptomania - History of the disorder.
Main article: Kleptomania - Theoretical approaches.
Main article: Kleptomania - Epidemiology.
Main article: Kleptomania - Risk factors.
Main article: Kleptomania - Etiology.
Main article: Kleptomania - Assessment.
Main article: Kleptomania - Comorbidity.
Main article: Kleptomania - Treatment.
Main article: Kleptomania - Relapse prevention
Main article: Kleptomania - Prognosis.
Main article: Kleptomania - Service user page.
Main article: Kleptomania - Carer page.

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External linksEdit


Kleptomania - For people with this difficulty

Kleptomania: For their carers

Kleptomania: Academic support materials

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