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Kleptomania Be Aware

Updated on July 14, 2010


I am writing this article due to recent events that have occurred. I will explain later. Kleptomania is a disorder where someone feels a compulsive need to steal something. It does not matter if they even really want it or need it. It is often spontaneous and is not planned. Kleptomania is not the same as shop lifting or thief's. They plan days or perhaps weeks before stealing. They also steal out of rebellion,for profit, or they are in desperate need of something. Kleptomaniac's steal randomly and it is not planned at all. Stressful events can cause this such as an argument or something else that may trigger it. They often feel guilty afterward. The thieft is more likely to get away than the kleptomaniac because there is no planning. Kleptomaniacs feel the need to steal because of relief. After they steal they feel very relieved except for the guilt they suffer from. Fear of being arrested is also in them.

Here are some symptoms of kleptomania

-Strong urges to steal something that you don't really want or need

-Tension increases to the lead up to the theft

-They often feel relived and pleasure after the theft

-Guilt often ensues after the theft event


As mentioned earlier kleptomaniacs have little or no planning when stealing for somewhere. It is spontaneous and can occur anywhere at anytime. This could be at retail stores,friends house, or other private and public places.

Be aware of kleptomaniacs. They are not criminals, but this is bad disorder that can lead to some bad things.

If you have a loved one and think he/she may be a kleptomaniac then tell them these points

-Your worried about your love one and don't want them to get in trouble as well as their own well being

-They could lose their job or even get arrested and go to jail if they are caught in the act.

-You can fathom that they may not have the power to resist because its to strong and its not their fault.

-There are effective health treatments for your loved one so they can resist or get rid of the urge entirely

Keep in mind kleptomania is a mental health condition. It is not a character flaw in them. It is also something they have difficulty controlling. They are also not criminals or thief's. The action may be the same, but that does not define what they are.

My story

Like I said earlier in this article I wrote this article due to recent events and to warn you and help you. It is possible that you may have a friend or family member that has this condition help them. Look for the signs as a thieft and a kleptomaniac or two different things. I found out the other day that my grandmother got her credit card stolen. Not over the internet it was physically stolen. I have of today find out by my Dad that his girlfriend stole it.  She spent over 500$ on that credit card. He said she came to him crying and he is done with her. She is a kleptomaniac. Just remember good people can be one. They do not even have to have good self confidence, or an ego. She had a a low self confidence personality a bit. She was not mean or anything. However, she is still a kleptomaniac and my Dad is done with her as far as I know.

If you suspect someone that is one be sure there a kleptomaniac and not a thief. Any type of person can be one no matter how nice or mean they are. No matter how they appear to act or be. This condition can still be prevalent. Try to get help for them or realize what they did may not be an act of shop lifting and merely a mental health condition.


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      No Name 

      6 years ago

      Please help i really need help here i have a Son who is 11 And he is a Kleptomanic. I need help because what happens if he gets cuaght and then Runs away from the store?

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      6 years ago

      My step mom is kleptomanic. What it seems to me,she would just `get`steal things she like,wheather at friends house or at her work.

    • Gypsy Willow profile image

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Useful information. You should be careful who you invite into your home as they may have this disorder.

    • David 470 profile imageAUTHOR

      David 470 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

      Yeah the impulses can be tough to withstand, but they decrease if help is seeked.

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      B Stucki 

      8 years ago

      Kleptomania is a tough disorder to overcome! The impulses are so strong and the only real way to work through it is to outlast the urges. I think counseling is the best way to go to help them understand how to overcome those urges. Great Hub!

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      Siny J 

      8 years ago from Delhi, India

      Thanks for the information


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