Left untreated, kleptomania can result in severe emotional, family, legal, work and financial problems. For example, you know stealing is wrong but you feel powerless to resist the impulse, so you may be wracked by guilt, shame, self-loathing and humiliation. You may otherwise lead a moral, upstanding life and be confused and upset by your compulsive stealing.
Examples of complications that kleptomania may cause or be associated with include:
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- Compulsive gambling or shopping
- Arrest for shoplifting
- Alcohol and substance abuse
- Eating disorders
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