Kleptomania is the uncontrollable urge to steal things that are of very little value and that have no significant importance at all. Quite often in fact after stealing the objects they just give the goods away, or discard them. These episodes are not usually planned and they tend to be spur of the moment decisions. They tend to get a thrill when initially stealing the goods; however this can often be followed by a deep feeling of guilt. The theft is sometimes restricted to certain objects or to certain settings, although this is not always the case.

Kleptomania is often seen in people who suffer from other disorders for example Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa, Anorexia Nervosa and those that suffer from Anxiety and Depression. It can also happen to those who have alcohol or substance abuse problems.

It can also be related to those who have had a poor childhood upbringing, those who are going through relationship problems, or to those who have had a major upheaval in their life such as a divorce or bereavement.

Kleptomania tends to be more common in females. Those suffering from this condition often make repeated attempts to stop, however they quite often fail due to their compulsion.