Has anyone in this group ever gotten into trouble while in a manic state? I have done so many things while in manic episodes, but just recently I shoplifted. In my whole 31 years, I have NEVER shoplifted, or done anything that I knew would get me into trouble with the law. But several months ago, I stopped taking my meds, and of course I started having mood swings, and just doing things that was not characteristic of me. I\'ve been under a lot of stress, going through a custody battle with my ex-husband, and just every day stresses. Anyway, about four months ago, it seemed like I was in a constant manic state. I started shoplifting from this one store, NEVER thinking of the consequences. And it was things that I don\'t even use! So, of course I got caught. In a way, it helped. I started seeing my doc again, and started taking my meds again. But now I have to go to court, and I am really afraid that no one will understand Bipolar Disorder, and I\'ll be labeled as a shoplifter, and constantly watched. Of course this is my first offense, and it is a misdemeanor, and the lawyer says that more than likely the charge will get reduced to \"Disorderly Conduct\", which will not go against my record because it\'s just a violation. So I was just wondering if any of you out there has ever done anything like that and what was the outcome. Thanks.
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