Kleptomania- An Emerging Disease

Can you imagine there is a feeling that urges someone to steal something? Yes, you are exactly reading it stealing. There exists a disease in which a person can’t resist the urge to steal. Usually, a person steals a thing intentionally, but in this disease, the person his mind urges to steal. I hope the word “mind” brings us that it’s a psychological issue. The disease or act is known as “Kleptomania”

What is Kleptomania?

Kleptomania refers to an impulse control disorder in which a person is unable to resist the urge to steal. Although stealing is a crime, but this is a disorder because a person (Kleptomaniac) steals items that he doesn’t need. It is simply a strong urge behind that enforces the person to steal something. People steal little items not because they need them and couldn’t afford to buy, but people have tension that is relieved by committing theft.

After stealing little things, the person keeps them somewhere and doesn’t use them or don’t even look at them at all. Some of them will get rid of the stolen object by giving them to their friends and family, or they will keep the object from where they took it. Another way to get rid of the object is by damaging and throwing the stolen object. Let Kleptomania not be mixed with shoplifting. Shoplifting is another thing.

Symptoms of Kleptomania

The symptoms of Kleptomania include

  • The inability to resist the impulse to steal objects on a regular or repeated basis. The stolen goods aren’t necessary for personal use or have little monetary value.
  • Immediately preceding the theft, a building sense of stress or anxiety
  • Once the object has stolen, there is a strong sense of pleasure, relaxation, fulfillment, or relief.
  • The theft is not motivated by rage or vengeance, and it is not a reaction to psychotic symptoms such as delusional beliefs or hallucinations.
  • People with kleptomania do not obtain a thrill or a high from the act, despite appearances to the contrary. They are aware that stealing the thing is bad, pointless, and unlawful, but they cannot resist the temptation. As the stress and tension mount, theft appears to be the only viable choice for dealing with the situation.

What causes Kleptomania?

Because kleptomania is a rare mental health disease with a prevalence rate of less than 0.6 percent, it does not receive the same level of attention and investigation as other disorders. As a result, little is known about the causes of kleptomania, but scientists believe that biological and environmental factors play a role.

Experts speculate that there are various plausible causes and triggers, despite the lack of a definitive explanation. Kleptomania has associated with:

Low serotonin levels:

Serotonin is a chemical messenger in the brain that regulates mood, sleep, and digestion, among other things. Serotonin levels in the brain are lower in people who have poor impulse control.


Researchers believe that kleptomania causes an effect similar to that of substance abuse. Stealing and drug usage may co-occur as people try to replicate the euphoric feeling connected to the release of another chemical messenger called dopamine.

Imbalance in the opioid system:

An imbalance in the brain’s opioid system, which controls urges. To maintain balance and control desires, this system in the brain requires equilibrium. When there is an imbalance in the system, it may be more difficult to resist the impulse to steal.

Psychological Trauma:

Kleptomania may be exacerbated by psychological stress, particularly trauma experienced at a young age. When mixed with other mood or addiction disorders, family dysfunction can lead to youngsters stealing, which can set the foundation for kleptomania tendencies.

How can you prevent your child from Kleptomania?

Kleptomania is mostly common in women than men. However, there is very little information about the disorder, but scientists say that it is common in women, and it starts from childhood. While it may be worrisome for parents, it is uncommon for young toddlers to steal little items without their parents’ knowledge. Children under the age of five are especially prone to taking items that excite them. You can teach your small toddler or youngster not to steal when you notice them doing it.

Older children steal for a variety of reasons, and it’s rarely out of necessity. Older youngsters may steal to impress their peers with their bravery or wit. They’ll even do it to act out or seek attention in some circumstances. Just have daily check over your child. Look into their school bags and pockets on a daily basis. If you find anything that doesn’t belong to your child, ask him from where he had taken it. You have to keep a check for the prevention of Kleptomania because it can lead them and also you to severe circumstances.

Effects of Kleptomania

Kleptomania causes a great deal of emotional distress to those who suffer from it. Fighting kleptomania can have some physical ramifications. Furthermore, kleptomania is incurable yet; you can manage it. As a result, leading a regular life might be challenging because kleptomania can disrupt every part of a person’s life. The following are some examples of emotional effects:

  • Guilt causes an increase in stress, which leads to thievery.
  • While stealing, you may experience pleasure or gratification.
  • Shame
  • Strong desires to take unnecessary stuff
  • Intrusive thoughts Unable to resist the urge to steal
  • Following the heist, there is a sense of relief.
  • Stress\remorse

Some physical effects are

  • Considered as a thief
  • Incarceration
  • Poor self-image
  • Criminal record
  • Termination of job!

So, be careful with your child!

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  1. It’s an excellent article regarding kleptomania. Good to read and is going to prove very helpful for me. Thank you!
    May Allah bless you with more strenght to write more!

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