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is kleptomania an addiction or just a crime?

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


  • Lucy307Lucy307 UKPosts: 694 Incredible Poster
    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
  • Butterfly23Butterfly23 Miniposter England Posts: 817 Incredible Poster
    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 England 🏠Posts: 7,344 The Mix Elder
    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
    “If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care” Marvin J. Ashton
  • LubnaLubna Posts: 496 Rampant Poster
    An addiction. I had it
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