Kleptomania Causes

(Also Known As: Kleptomaniac Causes, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Causes, Shoplifting Causes, Stealing Causes, Borderline Personality Causes)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Causes Kleptomania?

The cause of kleptomania remains to be unknown, but there is a strong association of the condition with other mental and behavioral disorders such as:

  • Depression and anxiety disorders
  • Substance abuse (drug and alcohol abuse)
  • Anorexia and Bulimia (eating disorders)
  • Impulse control disorder (intermittent explosive disorder, pyromania, pathological gambling)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Abnormal genetic component that results in mood disorders that can be transmitted to 1st degree relatives.

Kleptomania is more common in females than in males, and it may co-occur with other psychiatric disorders. There has also been an indirect link of abnormality in the serotonin levels in the brain, which strengthens the effect of a brains chemical imbalance that can possibly trigger the compulsive urge to steal. Kleptomania is also associated with a chemical imbalance occurring in the frontal lobe responsible for the impulse control of the brain. 3

Kleptomania is not necessarily associated with conditions like major depression, bipolar or manic disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder but is most likely to have another causative factor of an impulse control disorder or substance abuse. 4

Could You Have Kleptomania?

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Related Conditions

Borderline Personality Disorder – Variable Moods, Split Personalities, Unstable Personality, Disturbed Sense of Self
Bulimia Nervosa – Anorexia, Binge Eating, Purging, Stress, Depression, Excessive Eating
Impulse Control Disorder – Pyromania, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Compulsion, Uncontrolled Impulse, Kleptomania
Intermittent Explosive Disorder – Uncontrolled Rage, Disruptive Behavior, Mood Disorder, Compulsive, Impulsive Disorder
Pyromania – Starting of Fire to Relieve Tension, Impulsive, Compulsive Behavior