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Liar and Kleptomaniac

I am a compulsive liar as well as a kleptomaniac. I have been confronted by former roommates about my stealing from them and was subsequently kicked out of their apartment. A few months ago I was arrested for shoplifting and taken to jail. However, I was able to have that sentenced reduced to an infraction. I have tried many times to stop stealing and lying however I don't know how. I am currently rooming with a friend and I have stolen from her as well. For the most part, I take money. I am not necessarily in need of money (as my parents still support me) but I feel like I never have enough. I cannot think of a single person I know whom I have not stolen from. I know that I have a severe problem but I do not know how to solve it. I would not even know where to start with seeking professional help. I am not writing because I am feeling quite nervous and paranoid around my current roommate and I would like to remedy the situation without completely ruining our friendship.

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