Our expert says:
MS doesn't cause kleptomania. Obviously it could be depressing news and a cause of stress and anxiety, and those elements in their turn can result in some people starting kleptomania ( and in some ways a person who has just received such bad news might in an odd way feel "entitled" to give themself treats of some sort ); and much depends on where the brain lesions are, as if they are affecting her memory, people with some memory problems may walk out without paying for things forgetfully rather than deliberately. Has this stealing only been recently noticed ( maybe she's more clumsy since the onset of the disease ) or has it only recently started ? Was she ever noted to lie or otherwise act dishonestly before ? MS can produce a degree of disinhibition which could be relevant here
"Kleptomania" is a popular rathwer than a specialist diagnosis, and in any case she should be seen and carefully assessed by a good loca psychiatrist, and then after he has made a diagnosis, management can be sensibly discussed.
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