Re: ADHD and theft?
ADHD and theft are related in a few ways. Most people who are ADHD lack a filter, a mental goalie, that thing inside that says "it's nice to think that, but let's not actually do it." Many (especially children) are lead by compulsion to do what they do, they want that gum and it overwhelms them, consumes them, takes over until they get the gum any way they can. They have extreme difficulty controlling their impulses. They have trouble seeing into the future, there is no later, instant gratification rules them. ADHD's often lack the ability to foresee consequences for their actions, which makes stealing seem to be a win win.
Many who are ADHD will struggle with things like stealing, alcoholism, drugs or reckless driving later in life because it is harder for them to feel emotions the way normal people do (b/c of the way their brains send and receive messages) In order to get that same feeling of happiness, freedom, exhilaration they have to push things to the next level. Stealing is a way to feel and although it is a negative way of doing so it brings gratification when doing it.