A. Repeated inability to defend against urges to steal things that are not essential for private use or for their economic value;
B. Escalating sense of pressure immediately prior to performing the theft;
C. Satisfaction, fulfillment or relief at the point of performing the theft;
D. The theft is not executed to convey antagonism or revenge, and is not in reaction to a delusion or a fantasy; and
E. The thieving is not better accounted for by behavior disorder, a manic episode, or antisocial personality disorder
Kleptomania feels like a constant urge to take something, even things that you do not need, usually followed by a positive or rewarding feeling.
Kleptomania is an easy disorder to identify – the key features are impulses to steal items, including items that are not of value or not needed, and an inability to resist such impulses.
The exact cause of kleptomania is not known, but can have strong roots in the psychological upbringing and well being of the individual. It is suggested to develop a healthy relationship with a therapist to uncover possible reasons if you are struggling with the impulse to steal.