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I Have Kleptomania

Kleptomania anonymous support group with information on diagnosis, treatment, symptoms, along with personal stories and experiences with Kleptomania. You're not alone. 66 People

    I Just Realized I Have A Problem...

    Hello.....I have been on a desperate search for help about a problem I have just recently realized is an addictive behavior called Kleptomania - I have been stealing/shoplifting for a few years now and I suddenly feel an overwhelming sense of guilt, worthlessness and fear...I...
    VLeonard85 VLeonard85 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 30, 2010

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    I don't want to steal,

    but it gives me an adrenaline rush. I am a HUGE adrenaline junkie, so it's my "high". I'm only 11, I know I'm young, but I need help. In third grade, it all started. We used to have a "treat basket" and whenever the teacher was away, my pockets would be full with sweets. In...
    10theawesomeperson 10theawesomeperson 16-17, F Dec 16, 2013

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    I'm Interested In Those Of You Who Would Like To Share Your Experience

    Hello "I Have Kleptomania" group, First of all, I know this group is for support purposes and I admire that fact, but I feel like I can help you in other ways as well. I am wondering if any of you are interested in sharing your story with me about your experience with...
    eflower82 eflower82 26-30 2 Responses Jun 29, 2010

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    I Have Kleptomania.

    I'm so relieved that I found this group because I always thought I was alone in this struggle. I've had a stealing problem as long as I can remember... When I was a toddler I would steal toys from my preschool and hide them under my dress. In...
    1q2w3e4r 1q2w3e4r 16-17, F 3 Responses Oct 11, 2009

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    My Adoptive Daughter Is Bipolar And A Kleptomaniac

     My daughter came to me as a foster child when she was 3 years old.  We adopted her and her baby brother in 2004.  She is now ll years old. She started taking things soon after we had her in our home.  She has been in psychiatric therapy for years.  She...
    mamagoingcrazy mamagoingcrazy 51-55, F Jun 13, 2010

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    It has gotten very bad

    for me. Thankfully, I've never been caught. I fear I could lose everything if I were. But I can barely go a day without stealing something. Never from people I know, only from stores, but that doesn't excuse my disorder. My closets are stuffed to the gills with things I haven't...
    detachedgrrl detachedgrrl 31-35 1 Response Jan 20

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    I Knew All Along. Yet, I Couldn'T Stop.

    I am 21 years old. And to be honest I am a kleptomaniac. I started "taking things" that are not mine when I was in 3rd grade. I took 1000 philippine peso from my dad's wallet. Here in the philippines 1000 is already big. I bought candies and chocolates using the money and shared...
    yel12345 yel12345 22-25, F Jun 6, 2013

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    Ashamed

    I have been stealing and lying since I can remember . I take things just to take them . I seem to get a thrill out of it and sometimes I talk to myself and pay myself on the back after doing so . The biggest thrill is to take things in front of people's faces and get away with it...
    Nutty113 Nutty113 46-50, M Sep 19, 2013

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    It Has To Stop

    I've been doing this since I was five. Ive always took things that no meaning at all. Wether it be a lighter, some head phones, or a penny from someone or somewhere. I just can't stop my self I'm 16. When in 5 th grade I went to dc with school ant stole so much and I threw most o...
    Christiantrentperry Christiantrentperry 16-17 2 Responses Oct 21, 2011

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    16 Years Old With A Strong Family And Friend base, I Am A Klepto

    It started a year ago at at craft store I wanted a hello kitty eraser set , childish as it may be. I snapped the barcode off and shoved it in my purse. Not only that but throughout that spring and summer I stole hordes if things from that store. I stopped for quite sometime I...
    Karoubmargaret Karoubmargaret 16-17 2 Responses Feb 6, 2011

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    Searching For Support!

    I have had this ongoing problem of taking money from my job and thinking ok, someday I can probably pay it back. I lost one job because of this in the past and figured I had learned my lesson. Evidentally not! Being employed by the most wonderful person and having the best job...
    dawnofday dawnofday 36-40 1 Response Jun 27, 2009

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    Im Starting to Worry

    I have been a klepto for as long as I can remember. I was asked once what the first thing I ever stole was. I said "oh thats easy" and then I stopped and realized I couldn't remember. As the years went on I started having memories "drop out" of my...
    kmahn kmahn 36-40 2 Responses Nov 10, 2008

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    Im a Klepto Also?

    i remember as a small boy dreaming of being a "cat-burgler", like in that old movie where they hang from wires and steal the diamond dagger. ive been stealing stuff as long as i can remember, BUT, ive never been caught! (i'm good?) from pocket change to bicycles to...
    edabbey edabbey 51-55 Jun 9, 2009

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    3 Years

    I have Kleptomania. I've been stealing for 3 years, only from major retail stores, just for the rush of it. I've never been caught but I have only came close once and that was when I first started. My shoplifting techniques have improved over the years, decreasing my chances of...
    vb56 vb56 22-25 1 Response Aug 11, 2009

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    Please Someone Help Me!!

    I have never pictured myself becoming like this. But this is a huge problem and it needs to be fixed. I grew up with my grandmother as a child for 7 years, learning values and morals. The quote that is stuck in my head that she always tell me is, "These hands are helping hands...
    apettyaaron apettyaaron 18-21 Jul 26, 2012

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    My Hidden Secret

    My earliest memories of being a klepto are from kindergarten. I still remember the persons name and what I stole. My mom took me took a shrink once and I would steal stuff from his office or waiting area. The silly man had one of those good faith snack box things - all the snacks...
    StickEhand StickEhand 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 6, 2012

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    It'S A Rush.

    As far as I can remember, I've been stealing things. Started out with candy then it escilated to Clothes. I never thought it would end up this bad. I've been caught once and i thought that would scare me out of ever doing it again, but it hasn't. Its like a drug. I like being the...
    ZombieGurl95 ZombieGurl95 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 25, 2013

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    Why Do I Steal??

     I am a grown woman 38 years old. When I was 16 and 17, a friend introduced me to shoplifting. We did it for over a year, stealing stuff like makeup, clothing,  and basically anything we wanted that would fit in our purses or our pockets. It was very addicting to me. I...
    mooncharms mooncharms 36-40, F 3 Responses Jun 25, 2009

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    Not Too Far Gone

    I steal obviously. However, as long as I don't let myself start to steal I don't get any worse... After I start I cant stop... And when Im stealing I start to think it's really and that's what gets me caught. I start to steal too much and too expensive of things and I just can't...
    AvariceTenebrae AvariceTenebrae 18-21 Jan 4, 2013

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    I Need Help With Kleptomania

    My life is like Kmahn  but I was caught for the second time first time I had to pay a fine and do commuity service and probation for three years  but that didnt stop me  then last month I got caught again I dont know what they will do to me now,  You see i am...
    bodachious bodachious 61-65 4 Responses Feb 4, 2009

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    I Still Feel The Temptation...

    I can't say I HAD it. To be truthful we will always have it because of our memories and shame. I started a LONG time ago. I was just a child in kindergarden. My parents split up just as I started kindergarden and naturally I thought it was my fault. It started out with toys and...
    SisteroftheNight SisteroftheNight 16-17, F Apr 22, 2012

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    First Time Acceptance ..

    I have just accepted that im a kleptomaniac, I am not sure why... im sure i need help... and i dont knowhow to seek it...or where...   It started when i was a kid perhaps 10 or 11.. I cant remember that some family members would complain i had stolen a stupid music casette...
    heed09 heed09 22-25 Aug 17, 2009

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    i have a secret that not even my closest family and friends know about.

    I am a compulsive shoplifter and have been for a year and a half. I started shoplifting right after my son was born because we simply did not have the money to afford all that we needed for him. I do feel guilt when I do it. In the beginning I used to get a rush from it but now I...
    mrsmom08 mrsmom08 22-25, F Nov 11, 2009

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    I work @ a local grocery store,

    and I cannot seem to stop. I can manage to for a short period, but I keep taking things, candy, small pies, cookies, things like that, and I know its wrong, and I don't want my husband to find out either, he has no idea. I know I should tell him, but I can't yet, if ever. Its...
    bebemamai13 bebemamai13 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 4

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    I am a person with a big problem.

    . I am a kleptomaniac. I am not a thief but I was recently arrested and jailed for shoplifting... again. I may be going to prison this time and I'm terrified what this will do to my family, my reputation, and my future. Is PRISON the end of the line for me? I want to stop...
    Notatheif Notatheif 41-45, F 4 Responses Dec 11, 2013

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    20 Plus Years Into My Compulsion And Finally Got Caught At Walmart

    My story goes back so many years along with so many things I've taken.  I started seeing a shrink to help me and today I saw him. We were on the subject of how I had done the previuos week. I told him I'm have snowballing panic attacks. And I ended up going down town with...
    LuRella31 LuRella31 36-40 Sep 17, 2010

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    Like A Drug

    I like being the 'innocent' looking girl that no one ever expects to be the klepto. I've taken things right from under my parents noses without them ever expecting a thing. It's bad I know but somehow I feel like I've accomplished some goal I never knew I had.The thrill of almost...
    IncognitusLetum IncognitusLetum 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 6, 2012

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    Really Bad

    Which has gotten me in a lot of trouble. I am now on probation for a year and still have 2 cases pending. They told me if i am caught again i will go to prison for 5 yrs. I don't know how to kill the urges.
    tazmom tazmom 31-35 1 Response Aug 13, 2009

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    Why Do I Steal?

    I'm a 13 year old girl in Alaska, and unfortunatly I have kleptomania. The urge is burning inside me as I type these words. The urge, or as I subconciously call it, the monster, is always strongest in the morning. In my head, the monster says "go on, slip out of the house...
    LizzyNeeds2Steal LizzyNeeds2Steal 13-15 Aug 9, 2009

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    My Sad Story

    I'm Adam I've had this since childhood, to be honest most of my mates had it aswell. I've tried to move onto other things - grown a perm, pretend i'm spinning discs and say eh eh eh. It doesn't work. How do you guys cope?..i was at the jobcentre and someone was laughing at me...
    AdamC AdamC 26-30 Jul 2, 2009

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    I am 20 yrs old and I am a air force veteran.

    When I got out of active duty I got home and the only job I got quickly was Walmart, I worked at walmart for 2 months and during those 2 months I stole countless merchandise from the store and one day the manager asked if he could talk to me. I went back and there was loss...
    AFAndrew AFAndrew 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 28

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    My kleptomania has gotten really bad.

    I was confronted many years ago but never caught. I usually drink before i go in because i get anxious when i go in stores sober. I take anything from makeup clothing food lots of things i dont need. I line everything and make a little shrine of my collections. Sometimes i...
    itsbritneyb itsbritneyb 26-30, F Dec 9, 2013

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    Supposedly this sight is suppose to be

    supportive. So far I have yet to see the actual support. Ugh. Maybe I should just delete the post of my story since apparently I am only " making excuses" for my problem. Whatever... don't read it then.
    bebemamai13 bebemamai13 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 5

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