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pyromania

 [pi″ro-ma´ne-ah]
an impulse control disorder consisting of a compulsion to set fires or watch fires, in the absence of monetary or other material gain to the person. The pyromaniac gets intense pleasure and emotional relief from these activities.

py·ro·ma·ni·a

(pī'rō-mā'nē-ă),
A morbid impulse to set fires.
Synonym(s): incendiarism
[pyro- + G. mania, frenzy]

pyromania

/py·ro·ma·nia/ (-ma´ne-ah) the compulsion to set or watch fires in the absence of monetary or other gain, the act being preceded by tension or arousal and resulting in pleasure or relief.

pyromania

[pī′rōmā′nē·ə]
Etymology: Gk, pyr + mania, madness
an impulse-control disorder characterized by an uncontrollable urge to set fires.
A disorder of impulse control which is characterised by a pattern of fire setting for pleasure, gratification, or relief of tension

pyromania

Psychiatry  A disorder of impulse control which is characterized by a pattern of fire setting for pleasure, gratification, or relief of tension. See Impulse control disorder.
Pyromania–diagnostic criteria
Diagnostic criteria
(1) The person has set fires deliberately and on purpose on more than 1 occasion (multiple episodes involved)
(2) The person feels a tension or affective arousal before setting the fire
(3) Fascination, interest, attraction and/or curiosity for fire making paraphernalia, fire fighting equipment or any fire-related topic
(4) Pleasure, gratification, or relief may be felt
(a) when setting fires
(b) while witnessing a fire
(c) when participating in the aftermath
Exclusion criteria  
The fire setting cannot be better explained by another disorder (mania, antisocial personality conduct disorder, other).
The fire setting is not done (1) for monetary gain–insurance etc (2) to express a sociopolitical ideology, (3) to conceal a criminal act, (4) as a conscious expression of anger or vengeance, (5) to improve one's living circumstances, (6) in response to a delusion or hallucination, and (7) as a result of impaired judgement due to delusion or intoxication.

py·ro·ma·ni·a

(pī'rō-mā'nē-ă)
A morbid impulse to set fires.
[pyro- + G. mania, frenzy]

pyromania

A compulsion to start fires.

Pyromania

An impulse control disorder in which one sets fires.

pyromania (pī´rōmā´nēə),

n an abnormal desire to start fires or an obsession with fire in general.
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recognizing pathological gambling, kleptomania, and pyromania as impulse control disorders), with 42 U.
Severe distress follows the fire setting, and persons with pyromania report significant functional impairment.
179) While it arguably made sense for Congress to continue to exclude certain impairments that necessarily involve harm to oneself or others (such as exhibitionism, compulsive gambling, pyromania, and kleptomania), (180) and for Congress to guard against a flood of potentially frivolous claims by excluding "transitory and minor" impairments, (181) the continued exclusion of GID is nonsensical, offensive, and stigmatizing.
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cannibalism, bestiality, eating of clay and dirt, and perhaps, kleptomania and pyromania.
If we use mental-illness terms as the names of brain diseases, as many psychiatrists do, then they belong in a table of diseases with multiple sclerosis and stroke, not in a table with pedophilia and pyromania.
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The excepted conditions are transvestism, transsexualism, pedophilia, exhibitionism, voyeurism, gender identity disorders not resulting from physical impairments, sexual behavior disorders, compulsive gambling, kleptomania, pyromania, and psychoactive substance use disorders resulting from the current illegal use of drugs.
Over several sessions, Rogers used leading questions and skillful interpretations to help the boy see how his pyromania was the result of a sexual impulse regarding masturbation.