Compulsive Stealing

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Compulsive stealing or kleptomania is a serious mental disorder in which an individual cannot resist the urge to steal items often with little value.


The individual undergoes a physical and psychological evaluation from a specialist. It is diagnosed based on the individual's signs and symptoms. The physical examination only determines whether any physical causes are triggering the symptoms. The individual is be diagnosed with the condition based on the criteria set in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association.


There is no standard treatment for the condition but it usually involves medications and psychotherapy, and maybe with self-help groups.

Symptoms and Signs

Individuals with kleptomania cannot resist the urge to steal in order to soothe their feelings of anxiety, tenseness, or being aroused. After stealing however, they feel guilty, remorseful, and afraid of being arrested. They usually steal from public places often for things that have no value for him or her.


The cause of the disorder is unknown. Some research suggests that problems with the brain's naturally occurring chemical called serotonin may contribute to the development of the disorder. Some also suggests that it may be related to other addictive disorders or to obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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