An impulse control disorder that results in an irresistible urge to steal.
The cause of kleptomania remains unknown but risk factors include a family history of kleptomania or other impulse control disorders. It occurs more often in women.
Kleptomania is a serious disorder that causes an irresistible urge to steal items that aren’t needed and are usually of little value. Consequences can include job loss, financial penalties, and trouble with the law.
No cure exists. But treatment with talk therapy and medication, such as antidepressants, may help end the cycle of compulsive stealing.
Wiki Number: W110
Symptoms: Urge to steal items for other than personal use or financial gain; an impulse control disorder
Causes: increased dopamine and serotonin flows may result; maybe like an obsessive-compulsive disorder
Medications: SSRIs, mood stabilizers, opioid receptor antagonists, and antidepressants; naltrexone
Youtube Video: Shoplifiting Addiction/Kleptomaniacs
and Shoplifters Anonymous
Amazon or Library Book: Why Usually Honest People Steal
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- Role for Directors of Public Health in local gambling licensingby F Junaid on January 25, 2023
- Serotonergic and dopaminergic control of impulsivity in gambling disorderby Valtteri Kaasinen on January 24, 2023
Gambling disorder (GD) is major public health issue. The disorder is often characterized by elevated impulsivity with evidence from analogous substance use disorders underlining prominent roles of brain monoamines in addiction susceptibility and outcome. Critically, GD allows the study of addiction mechanisms without the confounder of the effects of chronic substances. Here, we assessed the roles of striatal dopamine transporter binding and extrastriatal serotonin transporter binding in GD as a...
- Neurocognitive Impulsivity in Opiate Users at Different Lengths of Abstinenceby Elena Psederska on January 21, 2023
The aim of the current study was to examine the effects of length of abstinence on decision making (impulsive choice) and response inhibition (impulsive action) in former opiate users (OU). Participants included 45 OU in early remission [0-12 months of abstinence], 68 OU in sustained remission [>12 months of abstinence], and 68 control participants. Decision making was assessed with the Iowa Gambling Task (IGT), the Cambridge Gambling Task (CGT), and the Monetary Choice Questionnaire (MCQ)....
- Underlying Mechanisms Involved in Gambling Disorder Severity: A Pathway Analysis Considering Genetic, Psychosocial, and Clinical Variablesby Neus Solé-Morata on January 21, 2023
Gambling Disorder (GD) has a complex etiology that involves biological and environmental aspects. From a genetic perspective, neurotrophic factors (NTFs) polymorphisms have been associated with the risk of developing GD. The aim of this study was to assess the underlying mechanisms implicated in GD severity by considering the direct and mediational relationship between different variables including genetic, psychological, socio-demographic, and clinical factors. To do so, we used genetic...