An impulse control disorder involving the persistent and compelling urge to start fires.
As is true for all people with impulse control disorder, people with pyromania cannot restrain themselves from acting on strong and compelling urges in this case, the urges involve the intense desire to prepare, set, and watch fires. They deliberately and repeatedly set fires. They experience a sense of tension or affective arousal before setting the fires.
A. Deliberate and purposeful fire setting on more than one occasion. B. Tension or affective arousal before the act. C. Fascination with, interest in, curiosity about, or attraction to fire and its situational contexts (e.g., paraphernalia, uses, consequences). D. Pleasure, gratification, or relief when setting fires, or when witnessing or participating in their aftermath.
E. The fire setting is not done for monetary gain, as an expression of sociopolitical ideology, to conceal criminal activity, to express anger or vengeance, to improve one's living circumstances, in response to a delusion or a hallucination, or as a result of impaired judgment (e.g., in Dementia, Mental Retardation, Substance Intoxication). F. The fire setting is not better accounted for by Conduct Disorder, a Manic Episode, or Antisocial Personality Disorder.
Most individuals with pyromania have one or more other problems or disorders, and in most cases the disorder is rooted in childhood problems and fire setting behavior. Observation and modeling of Adult fire setting behavior Feel motivated to start fires out of curiosity and a view of the act as fun.
As with pathological gambling, pyromania is more common in males with most showing the first signs of a habitual interest in fire during childhood and early adolescence.
Given the evidence that chronic fire setting has its roots in childhood, treatment programs aimed at youths. For example by incorporating didactic techniques regarding fire safety, and self esteem. A variety of therapeutic methods have also been used with youths and adults, including therapy based on behavioral cognitive, psychodynamic.
People with pyromania cannot restrain themselves from acting on strong and compelling urges in case the urges involve the intense aside to prepare set and watch fires. They get worst because they cant control it.
Halgin, R.P. & Whitbourne, S.K. (2005). Abnormal psychology: Clinical perspectives on psychological disorders. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
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