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Pyromania Getting Worse

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I’ve had Pyromania for a few years now back when I first suspected I had it I was obsessed with WW1 and WW2 weapons especially the incendiary weaponry I was in love with it and I started burning bits of paper nothing serious.

A little while after that I started burning shirts and other items of clothing that no longer fit me along with piles of paper and even full books I no longer read, But recently I’ve started using gasoline, kerosene, oil and basically anything flammable I can find. The adrenaline rush I feel when I light the fire is indescribable, I just keep burning bigger and bigger things I’ve even considered committing arson just to get an even bigger high from the adrenaline.

A part of me doesn’t want to get this fixed but I know it’s not healthy which is why i’m here, any advice you have would be appreciated. (From Canada)

Pyromania Getting Worse

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I admire the courage you takes to ask for help. It sounds like it is getting worse — and the fact that you want to stop is an important element in healing.

Because you list your age of 16 I would highly recommend you talk to parents about getting some therapy. This is the right time to correct this. Writing us was a great first step — now you want to talk to a therapist that can help you get yourself under control.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Pyromania Getting Worse

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Pyromania Getting Worse. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 18, 2019, from
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