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Asian Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2016, Volume : 6, Issue : 2
First page : ( 127) Last page : ( 130)
Print ISSN : 2231-5705. Online ISSN : 2231-5713.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2231-5713.2016.00017.9

Kleptomania: An overview

Shinkar D. M.*, Pandya D. B., Saudagar R. B.

Department of Pharmaceutics, KCT's R.G.S. College of Pharmacy, Anjaneri, Nashik-422213, Maharashtra

*Corresponding Author E-mail: dattashinkar@gmail.com

Online published on 21 June, 2016.


Kleptomania is an impulse control disorder characterised by emotional or behavioural self-control. Patient fails to resist impulses to steal items although not required for personal use or for monetary value. The symptoms include repeated theft of objects not needed, increasing tension before committing theft and relief after theft. The present article gives account on causes of disorder, its symptoms, history, different approaches to treat disorder and various hormonal imbalance associated with it. Various antidepressant drugs have been in use for the treatment along with psychotherapy.



Kleptomania, impulse control disorder, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.


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