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Old 10-25-2011, 08:50 AM   #1
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Question ADHD and theft?

I've never given it much thought before, but after reading another thread I'm wondering if stealing things as a child and teenager can be an indication of ADHD? I used to steal ice cream right out from under the lunch ladies' noses on a fairly regular basis, and in high school I shoplifted a CD. I also use to take money from my mom's purse without telling her. That worked until I got caught.

Granted my thievery wasn't a lot and it's not any kind of ultimate ADHD indicator, but does it ring a bell with others?


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Re: ADHD and theft?

It does with me. I swiped cash from the table when my father had poker games, shoplifted clothes, and money from my mother's purse. I've engaged in petty thievery all my life, sometimes getting caught but it never deterred me. I still do, but very rarely now that I'm to slow to run. LOL

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Re: ADHD and theft?

Yes aaron it actual does its part of the incomplete thought process. Like climbing on top of the house and jumping off. Cool thought right. What happened to the part of the thought - I might break my leg? Thats how the first one began, the rest of them were because you were now capable without thought, unlike kids that don't have ADD or ADHD. Think back, how many of the kids gave you the ooooo's and aaaaaaaa's. They couldn't do it as easily because each time they are thinking about consequences. Most kids with ADD thier thought process doesn't even get to that point. I was well blessed with 2 sons with ADHD, a very colorful life. LOL

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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.

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Re: ADHD and theft?

Keep in mind, Aaron, a thief is a thief ADHD not withstanding. We are responsible for our actions. Dang it anyway.


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Re: ADHD and theft?

Impulse control and ADD go hand in hand. A lot of theft happens on impulse....

BUT, I second Bob's thoughts.... We are responsible for our actions!

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