What they don’t realize is they’re giving him a shot of adrenaline so his brain, laboring under the strain of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, can actually get turned on to do the work.
His confused parents don’t know it, but they’re in a cycle of conflict-driven behavior. Tony is provoking them to get the “fix” he needs to get the job done.
Conflict causes adrenaline to flood his brain and turn it on. Teenagers, even those without ADHD, seek the addictive adrenaline rush and unfortunately, struggle to turn it off once they’ve practiced it often.
They end up unintentionally provoking teachers and cops and the next thing you know, they’ve got a court date. If you see this cycle in your family, seek help immediately. It is as dangerous as it feels.
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