Confessions of a Kleptomaniac

by SpencerK23 on September 12, 2013 - 3:22am

"Confessions of a Kleptomaniac"  by Dylan Lavene is an article that tells the story of a kleptomaniac who confesses his moments of deviance for the entertainment and education of others. Prior to summarizing the story, it is important to be familiar with the term "kleptomania" seeing as it appears again and again throughout the article. According to a psychiatric study done in 2004, kleptomania is defined "as a recurrent failure to resist impulses to steal objects that are not needed for personal use or for their monetary value. Like other impulse control disorders, kleptomania is characterized by an anxiety-driven urge to perform an act that is pleasurable in the moment but causes significant distress and dysfunction." -http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC535651/ (for those of you who would like to check out the study). Note that Kleptomania is an anxiety-driven mental disorder, meaning that there is no simple fix to kill this addiction, much like the struggles of a drug addict or alcoholic. Now that kleptomania has been breifly explained, one should be able to read the article and understand that the kleptomaniac involved suffered from constant impulses and urges to steal, and did not just steal an individual item for personal use or due to its high monetary value.

                "Confessions of a Kleptomaniac" is an article that places the reader inside the mind of a kleptomaniac, it engages the reader in such a fashion that he or she feels how compelling these urges and impulses to steal are. Dylan Lavene the author and kleptomaniac, provides detailed descriptions of various situations where he felt the need to steal. Lavene also states that in his particular situation, kleptomania was a gateway mental disorder and addiction that led to another addiction, drug abuse. In regards to critique and/or personal opinion, I cannot speak on behalf of a Kleptomaniac for I do not suffer from this mental disorder and simply do not know what it feels like to endure constant urges and impulses to steal. However, what I found most interesting about Dylan Lavene's article is not only his ability to make a recovery and beat his addictions, but the way in which he conquered what seems to be a plethora of uncontorllable addictions. For the sake of not completely spoiling the article, I have refrained from going into great detail. If Kleptomania or Psychology of Mental Health are subjects of interest to you, I highly recommend reading the article linked below.

       http://www.salon.com/2012/10/10/confessions_of_a_kleptomaniac/

                  - Spencer K