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Shoplifting, Overspending & Hoarding

Shoplifting disorder, overspending disorder, and hoarding disorder are forms of behavioral disorders that can cause significant distress and disruption to daily life.

Shoplifting disorder, also known as kleptomania, is characterized by an irresistible urge to steal items, even if the individual does not need or want the items. The exact cause of kleptomania is not fully understood, but it is believed to be related to a combination of biological, psychological, and environmental factors.

Overspending disorder, also known as compulsive buying disorder, is characterized by excessive and uncontrollable spending, often resulting in financial problems. The main causes of compulsive buying disorder are believed to be psychological, including low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression.

Hoarding disorder is characterized by excessive collecting and difficulty getting rid of possessions, even if they are no longer needed or useful. The cause of hoarding disorder is not fully understood but may be related to a combination of genetics, brain function, and environmental factors.

The treatments for shoplifting, overspending, and hoarding disorders can vary depending on the individual but often involve a combination of therapy and medication. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy have been shown to be effective in treating these disorders. Medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may also be prescribed to help manage associated symptoms, such as anxiety and depression.

It is estimated that 1-5% of the population experiences kleptomania, while up to 5.8% of the population may experience compulsive buying disorder. The prevalence of hoarding disorder is estimated to be between 2-6% of the population. These estimates may vary depending on the population studied and the definition used to diagnose the disorders.


If you or a loved one is suffering from Shoplifting, Overspending or Hoarding, please call, we can help. Call us at (631) 724-7152 or leave your name, email and message in the contact section below.

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