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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]
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.
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Pyromaniacs suffer high levels of stress and, at the same time, have little tolerance for that stress.
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Then there are the pyromaniacs who love prodding the fire till sparks fly round.
Here's to Pagans, Punks and Pyromaniacs, and of course...Sergeant Howie!
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