Definitions for kleptomaniaˌklɛp təˈmeɪ ni ə, -ˈmeɪn yə
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klep•to•ma•ni•aˌklɛp təˈmeɪ ni ə, -ˈmeɪn yə(n.)
a compulsion to steal having no relation to need or the monetary value of the object.
Origin of kleptomania:
1820–30; < Gk klépt(ēs) thief, or klépt(ein) to steal +-o-+ -mania
an irresistible impulse to steal in the absence of any economic motive
a psychological disorder that causes an obsession with stealing without material need
Origin: From κλέπτω + -mania
a propensity to steal, claimed to be irresistible. This does not constitute legal irresponsibility
Kleptomania is the inability to refrain from the urge to steal items for reasons other than personal use or financial gain. First described in 1816, kleptomania is classified in psychiatry as an impulse control disorder. Alternatively, some of the main characteristics of the disorder, which consist of recurring intrusion feelings, an inability to resist the urge to steal, and a release of pressure following the theft, suggest that kleptomania could be an obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorder, although this is disputed. The disorder is frequently under-diagnosed and is regularly associated with other psychiatric disorders, particularly anxiety and eating disorders, and alcohol and substance abuse. Patients with kleptomania are typically treated with therapies in other areas due to the comorbid grievances rather than issues directly related to kleptomania. Over the last 100 years, a shift from psychotherapeutic to psychopharmacological interventions for kleptomania has occurred. Pharmacological treatments using selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, mood stabilizers and opioid receptor antagonists, and other antidepressants along with cognitive behavioral therapy, have yielded positive results.
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