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Pyromania is a disorder in which a person cannot resist the impulse to deliberately start fires. They do this in order to relieve tension or for instant gratification. Pyromania is different from arson because pyromaniacs start fires for pleasure, and often fixate on institutions of fire control like fire houses and firemen.

Before the act of lighting a fire, a person with pyromania usually experiences tension and an emotional buildup. When around fires, the person may be fascinated by it and may also experience pleasure, gratification or relief. Treatment usually involves therapy and medication.
Source: Wikipedia
  1. Would a person who starts a fire to his business to collect insurance money be considered a pyromaniac?

  2. Is there a treatment other than medicine for people with the disorder?

  3. Pyromaniacs feel   when they see fire.

  4. A pyromaniac feels most pleasure   .

  5. Pyromaniacs start fires unintentionally.


Practice your writing skills by discussing the questions below

  1. If you knew a neighbor was a pyromaniac and was responsible for starting a number of fires, what would you do?

  2. How do you feel when you see a fire?

  3. What are other disorders you are familiar with?


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