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Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2010 Sep;36(5):291-5. doi: 10.3109/00952991003721100.

Kleptomania: clinical characteristics and relationship to substance use disorders.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis, 55454, USA. grant045@umn.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Although categorized as an impulse control disorder, kleptomania has many features in common with substance use disorders.

OBJECTIVES:

This paper sought to examine the mounting evidence supporting the phenomenological, clinical, epidemiological, and biological links between kleptomania and substance addictions.

METHODS:

A review of the literature examining family history, genetics, comorbid psychiatric conditions, neuroimaging, and phenomenology was utilized to examine the relationship of kleptomania to substance addiction.

RESULTS:

Kleptomania and substance addiction share common core qualities, including similar treatment successes, as well as etiologic and phenomenological similarities.

CONCLUSIONS:

Future research investigating the relationship between kleptomania and substance use disorders holds significant promise in advancing prevention and treatment strategies for addiction in general.

SCIENTIFIC SIGNIFICANCE:

Research investigating kleptomania (and other behavioral addictions) and its relationship to substance addiction holds significant promise in advancing prevention and treatment strategies for addiction in general.

PMID:
20575650
DOI:
10.3109/00952991003721100
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