Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Menal Health Awearness March- Pyromania

Hey guys! Today's Mental Health issue is Pyromania. I had never heard about this before and so it was something I definitely wanted to look into and research in more detail. Pyromania is an impulse control disorder, where they cannot resist starting fires, either to release tension or in the spur of the moment. Pyromania is one of the four categories of the types of arson, the other types being to get profit, to cover up another crime and for revenge. It is estimated that less than 1% of the population have this and 90% of these are male.

The reasons for someone getting this are split into two categories, environmental and individual. Individual factors include personal issues in someone's lives. Often Pyromaniacs have past convictions such as vandalism or sexual assault. Other reasons may because they don't have many friends or were bullied. Environmental factors include being victims of sexual assault or neglect.

Someone with pyromania has tension and a sense of emotional build up before lighting a fire and then feels relief or happiness after lighting it. The person must set fires on regular occasions, deliberately and are fascinated with fire's or equipment associated with fires. Pyromanics also do not have another motive for the fire, it is purely for the release of tension.

However there is not much research in this issue and so diagnosis is quite difficult due to the lack of knowledge about it.

I hope this has been informative! This is the last week of mental health awareness march, if you would like to help out and take part, please email me asap at
Lots of love
Eleanor x

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