a1 From the Biological Psychiatry Laboratory, Laboratories for Psychiatric Research, Psychosis Program, Adult Out-patient Clinic, McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA.; Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
A review of research on Kleptomania – the syndrome of compulsive stealing – suggests that kleptomania may be a common disorder, especially among women, and that it may frequently be associated with other forms of psychopathology, such as mood, anxiety, and eating disorders. There appears to be a range of abnormal or non-antisocial stealing behaviours, all with impulsive and/or compulsive features. Kleptomania, as defined by modern criteria, may represent the most compulsive variant. Kleptomania may be related to mood disorder, and might be a form of ‘affective spectrum disorder’.
c1 Address for correspondence: Dr Susan L. McElroy, McLean Hospital, 115 Mill Street, Belmont, MA 02178, USA.