Pyromania - Symptoms, Causes and Treatments - GoMentor


PyromaniaWhile fire is somewhat fascinating, there are some people who are compelled to start fires, getting pleasure from doing so. Pyromania is a serious problem that can endanger the person who has the impulsive-control disorder as well as other people. The causes are not entirely known, but they are thought to stem from psychological problems. Most who suffer from this disorder experience anxiety and stress that builds up until they act on the compulsion. While this is a rare disorder, it can have serious consequences in a person's life. This is why we offer online therapy for pyromania here at Getting help for this impulse-control disorder shouldn't be difficult.

Causes of Pyromania 

As mentioned, not a lot is known about the causes of pyromania, but they center around problems of an individual nature or those that are made worse by parental guardians of children. For most, pyromania starts in childhood or adolescence, and can carry on into adulthood if not treated properly. For some, setting fires may be an attempt to gain attention, while for others it may just be general anti-social behavior. While these personal reasons play a role, the parental guidance - or lack thereof - are also thought to play a role in whether children develop this problem.

Symptoms and Dangers of Pyromania 

While the most obvious symptom of pyromania is setting multiple fires or a general fascination with fire, there are many other subtle clues that may point to this impulse-control disorder being a problem. Many children and adolescents who are pyromaniacs will have many other social difficulties and an inability to cope with stress in normal, healthy ways. Depression - including suicidal thoughts - is also seen in some who suffer from pyromania. If not treated, this disorder can lead to serious consequences, including trouble with authorities, injury due to fire, or an array of other mental and emotional difficulties.

  • Frequent setting of fires
  • Fascination with fire
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Trouble with interpersonal relationships
  • Inability to cope well with stress

Treatment for Pyromania 

While it is usually much easier to treat pyromania in children because they are much closer to the original cause of the behavior, it is possible for adults who suffer from pyromania to get treatment. In fact, our online therapy and counselling here at is able to help children, adolescents, and adults who suffer from this impulse-control disorder. Psychotherapy is a powerful way to deal with the issues that cause this disorder. Counselling can help a person deal with the emotional trauma that is associated with pyromania. With GoMentor 24/7, we offer complete treatment for pyromania and other disorders.

If you or another person have suicidal thoughts or are in some way a hazard to your own health, then you should not use GoMentor.These resources can help you with immediate assistance.

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