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posted: Monday April 25th - 6:00pm

Smoking to Self-Medicate Anxiety and ADHD

As a teen with anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), I turned to smoking to dull my symptoms and nerves, but in the process, I dulled my brain, too.

It’s Wednesday afternoon and, as usual, my friend Rupert and I are loitering outside the local drugstore. It’s a humid, sweaty day but we didn’t hesitate to hike our usual hike -- two miles down the shoulder of a busy, suburban highway -- to a local shopping center. We time our treks carefully. Arrive too early and the shops will be packed...
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