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is kleptomania an addiction or just a crime?

lemontreeslemontrees Posts: 1 Literally just got here
so i'm bipolar, and in my manic episodes i would steal stuff. but then i started to do it all the time, regardless of where my mood was. i just don't know how to tell anyone, because i feel so bad and guilty about it. but i can't stop. i know it's awful and a crime. but i can't stop
Butterfly23Lucy307

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  • Lucy307Lucy307 UKPosts: 787 Part of The Mix Family
    Hey @lemontrees

    I'm sorry to hear you are feeling bad and guilty, sounds really tough. To answer your question on addition vs crime, from what I've read and understand - it is an addiction and is classified as a mental health symptom. Here's an article from Addictions UK https://addictionsuk.com/shoplifting-addiction/

    Do you think you could talk to your GP about it, given that it forms part of your mental health?

    - Lucy
    Treat yourself as you would treat a good friend
    Butterfly23
  • Butterfly23Butterfly23 Miniposter England Posts: 810 Part of The Mix Family
    Hello, @lemontrees

    How are you feeling today?  <3

    It sounds really hard, that you are feeling guilty about some of the things that you have been doing. I agree with @Lucy307 with maybe going to your GP? they could help you to understand things a little bit better,

    Butterfly x
  • ShaunieShaunie I’m alive but I’m ✨dead✨ England 🏠Posts: 11,005 An Original Mixlorian
    Hey welcome to site

    That sounds really frustating and addiction not crime. You said its hard to tell anyone. Well done for sharing here!

    i hope youre able to seek help for it as sounds like you really dont want to carry on doing it 

    here to support you too
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  • LubnaLubna Posts: 496 Budding Regular
    An addiction. I had it
    lemontrees
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