Why Stimulant Medication Helps ADHD — and How Stigma Can Hurt

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Happy ADHD Awareness Month! In honor of that, and hitting half a million subscribers (eeee!!!), I decided to ask Dr. Carolyn Lentzch-Parcells (www.gtw-health.com) to come talk about stimulant medication — and help bust some of the stigma that keeps people from treating their ADHD.

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