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Kleptophobia (or cleptophobia) is the fear of stealing (theft) or being stolen. This fear is often caused by a traumatic experience in the past, specifically getting robbed or things that own got stolen. Sufferers may face isolation, low self-esteem, depression, and other anxiety disorders. Due to the exposure in high risk situations, they may also suffer from social anxiety or even agoraphobia.

The most common treatment option of kleptophobia is cognitive-behavioral therapy, which is used to replace negative memory due to trauma with positive, logical thought. Other treatment methods include a variety of talk therapy, hypnosis and medication, which they are also used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, general anxiety disorder and other related disorders.

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