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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


  • Lucy307Lucy307 UKPosts: 1,127 Wise Owl
    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: 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
  • SiobhanSiobhan Posts: 14,450 Born on Earth, Raised by The Mix
    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
    “ i think that deep down you still think life is worth living. It’s no where near over for you. You’re in pain. The thing you lost, Is the same thing that can stop that pain”
  • LubnaLubna Deactivated Posts: 496 Listening Ear
    An addiction. I had it
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