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A Patient’s Primer on the Stimulant Medications Used to Treat ADHD

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Just five years ago, a study found that 93 percent of adult psychiatry residencies did not touch on ADHD even once, and a staggering half of all pediatric residencies didn’t cover ADHD in their medical training either.

What this means: Your doctor may not know enough about ADHD or its first-line treatment, stimulant medication. That puts the burden of knowledge on you — the patient or the parent.Stimulant medication is the most recommended form of ADHD treatment for one simple reason: studies show it to be most effective. “When adults ask me questions about why they should try medication to manage their ADHD, my answer always comes down to two words: Medication works,” says Russell A.

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