Kleptomania

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Kleptomania Introduction: Kleptomania is a mental disorder in which the infected person has the impulse to steal objects that have little or no known value to them. The kleptomaniac could easily purchase the item that was stolen, but research has shown that most do it for the adrenaline rush experienced from stealing. Kleptomania has no treatment. People diagnosed with the disorder are advocated to go through psychotherapy or take an anti-depressant medication. As knowledge of kleptomania grows, society has grown more readily to accept it and many more theories about the cause of the disorder have emerged (MJ Goldman, Harvard Medical School). General Information: Kleptomania is not classified as shoplifting. Those who experience…show more content…
Symptoms: The most common symptom of kleptomania is compulsive stealing. "The individual frequently tries to avoid this behavior, which by its own nature, is irresistible" (Silvia Helena Cardoso, PhD Psychobiologist, State University of Campinas). Other symptoms include anxiety, nervousness, and other mental disorders. The person feels anxiety until after the item has been successfully stolen. Once the item is in their possession, the infected feel a sense of relief and gratification before leaving the site at which the item was stolen. Unlike most shoplifters, when those with kleptomania steal "the stealing is not committed to express anger or vengeance and is not in response to a delusion or a hallucination" (Mental Health Net Staff) . They steal to repress an addiction much like any other addict would (Laura Stephens). Those diagnosed with kleptomania can have different ranges of symptoms. Some kleptomaniacs know exactly what they are doing, while others feel like they have no control over the situation, "voluntary control is deeply affected; the patient is constrained to practice [acts] which are not dictated by his reasoning, nor by his emotions; acts that his consciousness condemns, but [show] no intention (Cardoso). Depending on the individual, the symptoms of the kleptomaniac can be subtle or overwhelming (Heffner Media Group). Treatment: Kleptomania is diagnosed as an "impulse control disorder" and there for has little

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