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DSM-IV - Kleptomania

[From American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 4th ed. Text rev. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association; copyright 2000.] ...

  1. Recurrent failure to resist impulses to steal objects that are not needed for personal use or for their monetary value.
  2. Increasing sense of tension immediately before committing the theft.
  3. Pleasure, gratification, or relief at the time of committing the theft.
  4. The stealing is not committed to express anger or vengeance and is not in response to a delusion or a hallucination.
  5. The stealing is not better accounted for by conduct disorder, a manic episode, or antisocial personality disorder.

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