Shoplifting addiction – sometimes referred to as kleptomania, is the inability to resist a strong urge to steal things that you may not need and may have little value. Kleptomania is a serious mental health disorder that can cause significant emotional pain to you and your loved ones.

Kleptomania is a type of impulse control disorder — characterised by difficulties with emotional or behavioural self-control. If you have an impulse control disorder, you are likely to find it difficult to resist the temptation to perform an action that is unwarranted or harmful to you or others.

Many people with kleptomania live lives of secret shame, and therefore do not seek treatment.

What are the signs of Shoplifting Addiction?

  • You are unable to resist powerful impulses to steal items that you do not need
  • You are experiencing increased anxiety or arousal leading up to the theft
  • You are feeling pleasure or gratification while stealing
  • You are feeling extreme guilt, remorse, self-loathing, shame, or fear after the theft
  • Re-emergence of the urges and a repetition of the kleptomania cycle

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