Addicted To

Kleptomania

I have Kleptomania but when it gets bad I take something for it!

Signs

  • Powerful urges to steal things that you don't need
  • Feeling increased tension leading up to the theft
  • Feeling pleasure while stealing
  • Feeling guilt or shame after the theft


Risk Factors

  • Family History
  • Gender
  • Previous Mental Illnesses
  • Trauma or Brain Injuries

Causes

  • Main cause is unknown
  • Theory 1: Low serotonin levels
  • Theory 2: Release of dopamine
  • Theory 3: Head trauma


Diagnosis

  • Fill out a psychological questionnaire
  • You have an inability to resist urges to steal
  • Increasing tension leading up to the theft
  • Feel satisfied while stealing and after


Treatments

Medications


  • Antidepressants
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Anti-seziure medications
  • Addiction medications

Psychotherapy

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy


Interesting Facts

  • More than 50% of bulimic people suffer from kleptomania as well
  • 0.06% of the population suffer from kleptomania
  • Approximately 2/3 of kleptomaniacs are females


Kleptomaniacs Anonymous

The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending, and Hoarding