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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.”

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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. Ryan specializes in working with males (ages 5-22) who present with ADHD, anxiety with ADHD, and learning differences; he is the one professional in the United States who specializes in teaching social cognitive skills to boys from a male perspective.

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Updated on May 27, 2020

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