Kleptomania is a condition in which an individual experiences a consistent impulse to steal items not needed for use or monetary value. The objects are stolen despite typically being of little value to the individual and are often given away or discarded after being taken.
Although someone with this disorder will generally avoid stealing when immediate arrest is likely, the individual usually does not plan out the thefts. People with kleptomania commonly feel depressed or guilty about the thefts after they occur.
About 0.3 to 0.6 percent of people are estimated to experience this condition, and it is more common among females than males, according to the DSM-5.