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I have an issue with my teenage son I need advice on, No and

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I have an issue with my teenage son I need advice on JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking? Customer: No and no medications. JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the psychologist should know? Customer: no

We have an 18 year old teenage son who starts college this fall. Overall , he is a good kid. For your information - he is adopted and has ADHD. We do know that his birth parents both did prison time for theft.
Recently, we found out he has been shoplifting with a couple girls he is friends with. Both them and our son come from upper middle class families and want for nothing. It appears they are doing it for kicks.
We are wondering if we should tell him about his birth parents theft issues or leave that alone. We think it might stop him from this impulsive behavior but don't know if this is information he should have.
Please advise.

Person's Gender: Female
Person's Age: 18

Urgency: HIGH

Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 months ago.

I would not tell him of his birth parents behavior.

I would be strict with him and tell him that this behavior is not acceptable.

and if he does it again, he looses something of value, like no TV in his room, no cell phone, no going out on weekends, something like that.