Family Theft

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#1 Aug 19, 2012
By Mayo Clinic staff

Kleptomania is the irresistible urge to steal items that you generally don't really need and that usually have little value. Kleptomania (klep-toe-MAY-knee-uh) is a serious mental health disorder that can cause much emotional pain to you and your loved ones if not treated.

Stealing is not just a crime with
petty thieves and street derelicts
that steal your purse, your car,
your jewelry or your money.

It is also a behavioral health problem
that your family member may have for a long time.
It starts off with stealing clothes,
money, checks and jewelry at home.
Your relative may bump into you at the market,
coincidentally--where you shop. You
get home unpack your groceries; you check
your receipt; and you are missing a bag
of items purchased.(Could it be your
relative that stole it?) Thinking it over,
are you missing silverware, jewelry, and coats
from the closet whenever you have a family

Be courageous enough to admit that your relative
has a problem, and stop overlooking it. Or,
the next shoplifting incident will end up in court.
with a record. It's also a sin. Thou shalt not
steal. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's

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