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Submitted by Goblisstick in Illegalism

Anyone feel as if they may be addicted to lifting? Anyone feel that their lifting goes hand in hand with depression, anxiety, etc. If you had everything that you needed, would you steal have the impulse to steal?

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Throwdown321 wrote

There is a thing called kleptomania, stealing for the sake of stealing. and is obssessed over it, obssesion goes hand in hand with depression and anxiety. maybe you should take a break, and think why are you stealin? are you stealing because you need it for money, financial reasons, or hunger. Or your need to steal because of another problem as mentioned above, that you might need to stop for a long time, because its only going to get worst if you get caught.

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i_buy_shit wrote

I would add it is more addiction goes hand in hand with anxiety. Anxiety is a roller coaster ride that pushes into depression. You feel good but when you start to get anxious your body dumps cortisol which in turn binds all of your dopamine receptors so you never really get off that anxiety high. Then most people fall into depression because anxiety does not go away.

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Throwdown321 wrote

Obsession also plays a role in anxiety, if you constantly think about stealing, its going to amplify existing issues.

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SheStealsEverything wrote

For me it does have to do with mental issues. And no it doesn't get worse as stated if I get caught.. It gets worse when I don't lift. I have plenty enough financial and personal reasons to continue, but I'm definitely a diagnosed kleptomaniac. I will take an air freshener dispenser from a gas station bathroom if there's nothing else for me to take and to not do so will leave me with high anxiety. When I lift my anxiety goes down, not up. Always.

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i_buy_shit wrote

You should look into DPT training. If you want to create a random email, PM me, I can send you a ton of material on DPT.

This is no way to live. That shit sucks!

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DerpRun wrote

Damn that sux I do not envy you girl! Ever try to work on it so you don't suffer as bad when not able to? Made me think about mine. I go through phases often and not sure if this is going to be brief or last a while. It's been periodic throughout life though just not to this level of dedication. I will think of an idea and want to go try it and if I can't I get pissed off and sideways but I just postpone it and wait. Somedays I don't feel like it and rarely there have been a cpl fucked up days where I wasn't stealing shit in stores I do not steal from, looked nice as usual, and was treated by them as if I had, putting me on the defense. It wasn't paranoia either and I didn't notice at first so I just made myself aware and did my shit and left. Still do not get it ....total irony though. That happen to anyone? What would you say it is?

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DapperDan wrote

For me its too easy not to.Its hard to keep yourself grounded and not to be too careless.But yes it becomes an addiction when you can't visit a store without at least lifting something.

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Goblisstick OP wrote

Completely agree! I feel ripped off if I leave a store without taking something! I don’t take items that I don’t want or need though .

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Noambition wrote

Yup I agree. It quickly becomes an addiction. The adrenaline rush is real. I hate wasting an opportunity in any store I’m in even if I’m with family and friends. I cringe when I see them buying things that could so easily be free.

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unsuspicious_customers wrote

I don't feel the NEED to do it, it's just something fun for me to do. It's hard to stop though honestly. I can see it becoming a bad habit and quick for some people though

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Subversive_Element wrote

99% of what I lift is stuff I need and use, but can’t afford. For example, lately I’ve been lifting carts full of food in order to free up money for bills.

Kids need clothes so I lift them. Yeah I lift video games for myself but I’d never be able to afford them in my current situation.

I do get a thrill from doing it, but having to lift 300 in food makes me feel shame too. A double edged sword I guess.

If I won the lottery I’d probably still lift, just not as often. I hate paying for PS4 games for some reason?

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Goblisstick OP wrote

I do very much the same thing and feel the same way. Instead of a ps4 game, I may get a luxurious moisturizer though!

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uk_lifter24 wrote

yep im so fucking depressed so i just dont give a shit anymore i need help im fucking mental :)

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Goblisstick OP wrote

No Bueno. Anything we can do to help?

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uk_lifter24 wrote

thanks but i dont think you can help me haha

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Goblisstick OP wrote

I hope things get better for you. Life is tough, depression can be unbearable.

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uk_lifter24 wrote

thank you i hope they do too hope everything gets better for you aswell x

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LickitySplit wrote

I definitely steal more when my depression / anxiety gets really bad, even if it's something I don't need... and then in get worried I am going to get arrested due to sloppiness or something, and it gets worse. :( Vicious cycle.

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Goblisstick OP wrote

YES. Ive been trying to not use lifting as a way to cope. If Im going to lift, fine, then I want to be smart and deliberate about it. Not, like you mentioned, doing it sloppily and getting caught!

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WhiteCollarCriminal wrote

I don't feel like i'm addicted to lifting, but I definitely have a compulsion to. I have a tendency to lift shit i know i don't need and i know i don't even have room for, but it's just free. For example, i have about 20 lotions from Baff n Body Worx and I haven't even opened them. Also, if i'm in a store and didn't find anything I really wanted, i'll take the easiest stuff I can find even if I don't want it because to me, if i leave empty handed, i just wasted my time. My compulsion to take things that I don't even want probably stems from growing up in poverty, but I'm not a therapist so I don't really know for sure

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Noambition wrote

Yeah I can’t stay away from bbws even though I have plenty of lotion. No LP or cameras is just crazy and I feel like I have to take advantage of it before they get wise and install cameras.

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Goblisstick OP wrote

My compulsion definitely stems from growing up in poverty too, I am pretty certain. But when is enough enough, I ask myself. I don't take things that Im not going to use or give away, but I do know the feeling of feeling like I got ripped off if I didn't snag something from a store! Somehow I feel like I would get caught somehow if I took something I didn't truly want or need and I wouldn't want to risk that. Just out of curiosity do you store your items like the bath and body worx items neatly and organized, or are they all over your house?

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