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Title: Making sense of kleptomania: Clinical considerations
Authors: Chee, K.T.
Sim, K.
Lee, T.S. 
Ng, B.Y.
Keywords: Depression
Impulse control disorders
Issue Date: 2010
Citation: Chee, K.T.,Sim, K.,Lee, T.S.,Ng, B.Y. (2010). Making sense of kleptomania: Clinical considerations. Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare 19 (4) : 292-296. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: An understanding of the historical roots, clinical features and current diagnostic criteria of kleptomania would help in a better appreciation and assessment of this condition. One of the few psychiatric conditions that is defined by an illegal activity, kleptomania has been classified as one of the impulse control disorders under ICD- 10 and DSM IV-TR. In terms of assessment, it is not sufficient merely to look at the operational criteria. One should take a complete history and probe for predisposing factors including childhood development and behaviour, previous relationships, losses, and habits. It is also necessary to detect current stressors and concomitant symptoms or disorders that may precipitate and perpetuate the condition. Some of the diagnostic criteria are based on subjective claim or report which may be unreliable. The use or value of the articles stolen is relative but may be easier to assess. As a guide, kleptomania should be a diagnosis by exclusion of other contributing disorders. When other contributing symptoms/disorders such as depression are present, care should be exercised before a diagnosis of kleptomania is made.
Source Title: Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare
ISSN: 20101058
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