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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 40 (1998) 3, 163 - 170

Short report


B. Groot, E.J. Colon

Kleptomania is a poorly understood phenomenon, in spite of postulation of many psychodynamic theories to explain the motivation for this behaviour. A high comorbidity with other psychiatric disorders has been established, especially with mood disorders. The authors bring up for discussion whether kleptomania is a separable nosological entity. Antidepressants and cognitive-behavior therapy seem the best therapeutic options.