sets main deliberate fires and takes enjoyment in watching what
others have to do as a result of this. Therefore the pyromaniac
is often one of the spectators of the fire he has generated.
More than once, the person has deliberately and purposefully set
Before the fire-setting, the person experiences tension or excited
The person is interested in or attracted to fire and its circumstances
The person experiences gratification, pleasure or relief when
setting fires or experiencing their consequences.
These fires are not set:
to express a political agenda.
to conceal crimes.
to express anger or revenge.
to improve the patient's living circumstances.
in response to a delusion or hallucination.
as a result of impaired judgment.
The fire-setting is not better explained by Antisocial
Personality Disorder, Conduct
Disorder or Manic
Cruelty - to animals
Some disorders have similar or even the same symptoms. The clinician,
therefore, in his/her diagnostic attempt, has to differentiate
against the following disorders which need to be ruled out to
establish a precise diagnosis.