kleptomania


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kleptomania

 [klep″to-ma´ne-ah]
an impulse control disorder consisting of an abnormal, uncontrollable desire to steal.

klep·to·ma·ni·a

(klep'tō-mā'nē-ă),
A disorder of impulse control characterized by a morbid tendency to steal.
[G. kleptō, to steal, + mania, insanity]

kleptomania

/klep·to·ma·nia/ (klep″to-ma´ne-ah) compulsive stealing of objects unnecessary for personal use or monetary value.

kleptomania

(klĕp′tə-mā′nē-ə, -mān′yə)
n.
A psychiatric disorder characterized by an irresistible impulse to steal things even though there is no personal or financial need for them.

klep′to·ma′ni·ac′ (-nē-ăk′) n.
klep′to·ma·ni′a·cal (-mə-nī′ĭ-kəl) adj.

kleptomania

[-mā′nē·ə]
Etymology: Gk, kleptein, to steal, mania, madness
an anxiety disorder characterized by an abnormal, uncontrollable, and recurrent urge to steal. The objects are taken not for their monetary value, immediate need, or utility but because of a symbolic meaning usually associated with some unconscious emotional conflict; they are usually given away, returned surreptitiously, or kept and hidden. People who have the condition experience an increased sense of tension before committing the theft and intense gratification during the act. Afterward they display signs of depression, guilt, and anxiety over the possibility of being apprehended and losing status in society. In less severe cases the impulse is expressed by continuously borrowing objects and not returning them. Treatment consists of psychotherapy to uncover the underlying emotional problems. See also impulse control disorder. kleptomaniac, n.

kleptomania

Psychology Compulsive stealing, usually of objects which may have symbolic significance

klep·to·ma·ni·a

(klep'tō-mā'nē-ă)
A disorder of impulse control characterized by a morbid tendency to steal.
[G. kleptō, to steal, + mania, insanity]

kleptomania

A rare impulse disorder featuring recurrent stealing of things neither needed nor wanted. The object is the emotional relief of tension accompanying a successful theft rather than acquisition. This is often followed by strong guilt feelings. Only 1 person in 20 arrested for shop-lifting behaves in a manner consistent with the diagnosis. The cause is unknown.

Kleptomania

An impulse control disorder in which one steals objects that are of little or no value.

klep·to·ma·ni·a

(klep'tō-mā'nē-ă)
A disorder of impulse control with a morbid tendency to steal.
[G. kleptō, to steal, + mania, insanity]

kleptomania

(klep´tōmā´nēə)
n an impulse control disorder distinguished by an uncontrollable urge to steal typically unnecessary objects.
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