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Pyromania - Causes, Symptoms and Treatment


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Many have learning problems. Pyromaniacs tend to plan in advance to start fires. Treatment usually consists of a combination of medication— usually one of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors— and long-term insight-oriented psychotherapy. Medicines such as lithium, naltrexone (ReVia), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), citalopram (Celexa), fluoxetine (Prozac), and other antidepressants may also help. Behavioral therapy is used to direct the persons interest away from fire setting activities and have these replace with more socially acceptable forms of tension reduction. Other treatment approaches involve seeing the action as an unconscious process and analyzing it as such may assist in gaining insight and eventually extinguishing the behavior. Pyromania is extremely dangerous to the person with the disorder as well as to others. Requires a broad-based and flexible approach to treatment of children and adolescents who set fires.

Causes of Pyromania

Common Causes and Risk factors of Pyromania

  • Antisocial behaviors and attitudes.
  • Sensation seeking. .
  • Attention seeking. .
  • Lack of social skills..
  • Lack of fire-safety skills.

Signs and Symptoms of Pyromania

Common Sign and Symptoms of Pyromania

  • Feelings of sadness and loneliness.
  • Tension.
  • Stress.
  • Depression.
  • Learning problem.

Treatment for Pyromania

Common Treatment for Pyromania

  • Treatment usually consists of a combination of medications and long-term insight-oriented psychotherapy .
  • Behavior modification is the usual treatment for pyromania.
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are also used to treat Pyromania.
  • Requires a broad-based and flexible approach to treatment of children and adolescents who set fires.