Pathological stealing in dementia: poor response to SSRI medications.

  title={Pathological stealing in dementia: poor response to SSRI medications.},
  author={Mario F. Mendez},
  journal={The Journal of clinical psychiatry},
  volume={72 3},
To the Editor: Pathological stealing is kleptomanic behavior due to brain disease. As with kleptomania, there is an inability to resist stealing unneeded objects of insignificant value.1 Kleptomania may be related to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and could respond to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medications, the treatment of choice for OCD.2,3 Herein, we report 4 frontotemporal dementia patients with pathological stealing and their treatment with SSRI medications. 
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