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Inside the Mind of a Teen With Pyromania


He likes to set fires

Pyromania is a rare disorder, and it’s often seen in teenage boys. A boy who has pyromania will deliberately set fires. They don’t just do it once in a while; they engage in this behavior repetitively. Individuals with pyromania become obsessed with fire and anything to do with flames. Many adolescent boys have a penchant for risk-taking behaviors, and if they have pyromania, these actions can be hazardous and potentially life-threatening. Why would someone want to set things on fire in the first place? Let’s delve into the mind of a teen with pyromania.

He can’t stop himself from setting things ablaze

Even if they know that they shouldn’t do it, teens with pyromania can’t stop themselves from setting fires. It’s a compulsive behavior, and they want to watch things burn. They’re fascinated by anything related to fire, and they feel a sense of relief when they set fire to things. After setting fire to something, there’s an indescribable sense of comfort or satisfaction. He wants to release his anxiety, and seeing the crackling flames eases his mind. It might be hard to understand. We’re taught from a young age that fires are scary and that we need to protect ourselves against them. Firefighters are idolized for being heroes, and some people dream of growing up to emulate them. If we’re impressed at the people who put out fires, it’s natural that we’d be confused by those who want to cause them.

People with pyromania are more often male than female

More people with pyromania are male rather than female or any other gender identity. The disorder affects both teenagers and adults, and no matter who it impacts, it’s hazardous to the individual engaging in the behaviors. Teenage boys are associated with being rebellious and pushing boundaries. Pyromania is another level of rebellion that could harm him and those around him including those he loves. He may have a collection of paraphernalia reserved for setting fires, such as lighters, matches or even gasoline. Pyromania is a severe disorder that needs psychological attention. If a teen doesn’t get the care he needs, he is in danger. If you know someone who is engaging in fire-setting, speak up. Tell a trusted adult, and get this person help. If it’s a student, a peer, or your child, he needs to see a therapist and get to the source of his behavior.

Why is he doing it?

You might wonder why a teen would want to set fires. There’s no one reason for it. Teenage boys with pyromania are engaging in this behavior for a variety of different reasons. Some boys are seeking attention and acceptance from adults who are neglecting them. Other young men have psychosis, and pyromania is a symptom of their delusions. Some teens are acting out to show that they need help, and they may even be actively suicidal. It’s crucial to pay attention to a teen who’s engaging in pyromaniac behaviors because no matter what the cause, they’re harming themselves more than anyone else.

Getting your teen help

As a parent, you might be overwhelmed by having a son with pyromania. However, you don’t have to figure out how to handle the situation on your own. You need to seek help immediately so your son can get well. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about, all teens struggle with problems. Seek out the help of a mental health professional. Whether you’re working with a counselor online or in your local area, there’s hope for your son. Pyromania is entirely treatable.

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