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Dr. Russell Barkley (internationally recognized ADHD expert) says that taking away the supports that someone with ADHD needs – like meds, external motivators, routines, etc. – is like asking someone who needs a wheelchair ramp “how long will you need to use this before you get the hang of it and you don’t need it any more?” We need what we need because of the way our brain functions, not because of lack of experience or character flaws. Taking the meds away does not enable us to function typically. That psychiatrist isn’t fully educated about this frustrating (but also good) “disorder.”