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by Alan R

Risk Factors

Kleptomania often occurs with other psychological disorders. These include:
Other risk factors include:
  • Having a family history of the condition
  • Having a brain injury
Kleptomania appears to be more common in females than in males. There are no other known risk factors.


Treatment may involve treating an underlying disease. Other treatments include:

Counseling or Therapy

Counseling or therapy may be in a group or one-to-one setting. It is usually aimed at dealing with underlying psychological problems that may be contributing to kleptomania. It may also include:
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Behavior modification therapy
  • Family therapy
Stress reduction techniques, including medication, yoga, or tai chi, may also be taught in therapy.


Drugs used for treatment include antidepressants, mood stabilizers, medications to treat drug addiction, and medications to treat seizure disorders.


American Psychiatric Association

Mental Health America



Canadian Psychiatric Association

Canadian Psychological Association



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Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 4th ed. American Psychiatric Association; 1994.

Kuzma JM, Black DW. Compulsive disorders. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2004 Feb;6(1):58-65.


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