How to stop my 9-year-old daughter's kleptomania?

Does anyone have any ideas for getting a 9 year old little girl to stop taking things? I’m worried that this will turn into something more serious.

Answer #1

Dear dramaqn, The stealing could have started as one thing and lead to another; EG: started as a dare, or started to get attention. We don’t usually diagnose a young child with a compulsive disorder till we have some history. If the child is not being accountable for her stealing this could be where the trouble is. The items stolen should be returned and the child needs to pay some type of compensation to the peson she stole from. Counselling is a must so they can determine if it’s being done for attention and why. Sue…good luck

Answer #2

Kleptomania is already “something serious”. It’s a need for attention, for material possesions, and your child for some reason feels unfulfilled in life.

I recommend firstly, a counselor that is routine and consistent, indefinitely. Often Kleptiomania in children is a result of serious pain they have deep within.

Also, keep your child busy–enroll in some parent-child activities that you can do together. Join a rec center swimming program or get her involved in sports. You have to be seriously committed to doing this and be consistent.

Good luck, darlin!

Answer #3


Kleptomania has several different treatments. Behavior modification therapy and family therapy may be used to treat kleptomaniacs.

Some medications that are used for people diagnosed with kleptomania are fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, paroxetine, sertraline, lithium, trazodone and Valproate.

Some symptoms of it:

Recurrent failure to resist impulses to steal objects that are not needed for personal use or for their monetary value. Increasing sense of tension immediately before committing the theft. Pleasure, gratification, or relief at the time of committing the theft. Stealing not committed to express anger or vengeance Stealing not in response to a delusion or hallucination.

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