Stealing behavior is not related to Bipolar Disorder. Stealing can be due to a lack of impulse control, where morality and negative consequences do not override the compulsion to steal and can also be related to defiant behavior.
If she is stealing items that have no value to her it may be a sign of Kleptomania, though this disorder is quite, very rare. If she is stealing from you, despite your warnings, punishments and discussions on morality, she may be displaying an aspect of defiant behavior. If defiance may be the issue, you will most likely see other defiant behaviors like arguing with you, deliberately not doing what you had asked, doing what you had asked her not to do and possibly acts of retribution against you. I am not sure if this information will pertain to your daughter, you gave little information about otehr behaviors, age, or if she has a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder.
If she has a therapist, this would be a good issue to present and address.
Everybody's bipolar is different. Many have co-occurring disorders, such as polysubstance abuse and anti-social personality disorder. I have been bipolar all my life, going on a half-century now, and am an honorable person when it comes to money and sex. Not everyone has all the synptoms all the time. Also, I think the thirties can be a very dangerous time for people with the bipolar condition (from my own experience). Even though she is thirty-four, you can talk to her doctor and tell him things; he just can't tell you anything. This is the way my very ethical doctor explained it to me when my husband wanted to tell him something.
Yes, I am bi-polar and steal things all the time. From all kinds of places. For me it has to do with my brain functioning at a higher level I feel, that I can just see all the flaws in places security. So, although I have the money to buy the things I steal, and often they are things I don't really need, it is the satisfaction of knowing I can beat the system so easily.
They say stealing is not part of it...but I have had the illness since age 12 and that is when I started stealing. It seems to me part of it is, but it about impulse control and not the mania - impulses are a part of it as you well know...Hynosis works for me, but it is not a one time fix - I have to go back yearly...hope this helps her...
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