Somewhat similar to Julie KDC’s post about medicating her mood with food/sugar, the author of Beyond Consequences makes mention of a “theory” that the stealing gives these kids a rush or a “high” that is likely similar to what those who use drugs might feel, and that they’re also self-medicating when they steal. It makes some sense when one notes that also they’re frequently stealing stuff that they don’t need, want, or will ever use again; i.e. they’re stealing for stealing’s sake. I do think with the ADHD kids some of it is truly impulsive, but I’m not sure it all is – at least with my son. The stuff he takes isn’t always glitery and enticing -it’s just stuff.