Our expert says:
Sometimes such bad behaviour is an attempt to attract attention from parents who are more generous with their money than with their time and affections. I somehow doubt whether this is truly kleptomania, but rather a basic antisocial personality disorder and dishonesty. The only thing that may help is if people stop trying to protect her from the otherwise natural consequences of her acts, and that she face the legal consequences of them --- and then maybe, with the encouragement of a mcourt, she might take her misconduct seriously and see a psychologist for therpay to understand herself better and try to mend her ways. But unless she is strongly motivated to do that, it couldn't work. ONLY if and when she sincerely recognizes that she needs help and sincerely participates in it, could she be helped.
And its awful if she is a qualified doctor --- in such a position of trust imagine how she could exploit and steal from her patients ? And if she is doing postgraduate work in research, she could cheat and fake her research results, too.
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