Left untreated, kleptomania can result in severe emotional, legal and financial problems. For example, many people with known kleptomania have been arrested for shoplifting. Because you know stealing is wrong but you feel powerless to resist the impulse, 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.

Complications that kleptomania may cause or be associated with include:

  • Arrest
  • Imprisonment
  • Depression
  • Alcohol and substance abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Compulsive gambling or shopping
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
  • Social isolation
Oct. 05, 2011