Kleptomania

You don’t need that thing, and you can afford to buy it, but you can’t help yourself.  You secretly took that item without paying.

You did it !  It gave you pleasure and you do it again and again.  You went on a stealing spree and that became a habit.  That habit precipice and it appears like you are overhanging on an extremely steep mass of rock, such as a crag or the face of a cliff.  You are in danger with disastrous results.

You are more than a petty thief.  You are labelled a serial shoplifter but you are in fact a kleptomaniac.

Kleptomania is a condition in which an individual experiences a consistent impulse to steal items not needed for personal use or monetary value.   Kleptomania involves experiencing tension before the theft and feelings of pleasure, gratification, or relief when committing the theft.

The age of onset for kleptomania is variable. It can begin in childhood, adolescence, or adulthood and in rare cases, late adulthood.  Kleptomania is rare overall, but more common in females than in males.  Evidence indicates that kleptomania may be related to,  or a variant of,  mood disorders such as depression.

The cause of kleptomania remains unknown but risk factors include a family history of kleptomania or other impulse control disorders.

No cure exists, but treatment with talk therapy and medication such as antidepressants may help end the cycle of compulsive stealing.
I wrote this article after reading an article in The Straits Times (Singapore) that a former engineer facing eight charges of theft was found dead, a day before her pre-trial conference for the latest theft spree.
A very sad ending to a sickness that has no cure.
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