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Q: I Feel Like I’m the Only Guy Taking ADHD Medicine

Hey, you are not alone. Lots of guys take medication for different reasons, they just don’t talk about it. Taking medication doesn’t make you different or weird; it makes you human.

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Q: “I hate taking ADHD medicine because no one else does. I’m the only one, and I don’t want everyone knowing I’m different.”

A: “Lots of guys take medicine everyday for different things. Some take it for diabetes, some take it for asthma, some for other things. Whatever the reason, there’s nothing wrong with taking medicine. It doesn’t make you different. Also, if your brain works with ADHD, you probably won’t have to take medicine for the rest of your life. When you’re an adult, you may decide to take it some times and not other times. Even if you do decide to take it all the time, there’s nothing wrong with that.”


ADHD Medicine for Boys: More Resources

1. Read This: Why Kids Resist Medicine
2. Read This: Refusing ADHD Meds Due to Stigma
3. Read This: How to Improve Medication Adherence

Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW is the facilitator of the ADHD Dude Facebook Group and YouTube channel.

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2 Comments & Reviews

  1. sorry for asking here, but the link is being weird for me. (probably just my bad computer, lmao.) is there any advice on asking my parents to get me checked for adhd? i think they suspect it bc my sibling has adhd but they don’t want to say anything. i’m scared of them judging me or saying “yeah, we know” or smthn. that’s probably the anxiety talking though. y’know, since it’s like, past midnight or smthn. (12:30 am, i checked) i feel like writing a letter would just cause them to seek me out and talk to my face instead of replying in a letter or just scheduling an appointment and telling me when and reminding me that it’s bc i asked (bc let’s be honest they wouldn’t get around to it until january, lmao.) plus, it’s quarantine so we can’t just waltz into the doctor’s office. (is it the doctor that checks if you have adhd? idk, that’s the one thing i haven’t researched.) i’m only 12 and i don’t know what to do 🙁

    1. At age 12, you have to talk to your parents about this. Let them know that you’re struggling and you’d like to be evaluated to see what’s going on. At an appointment with your pediatrician, they can refer you to a psychologist or other specialist to test for ADHD and other possibilities. At your age, you can’t do it without your parents.

      ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach, Podcaster & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

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