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We Need To Talk About ADHD Stigma In BIPOC Communities

Other Black parents have scolded my parenting. They wouldn’t medicate their children! Medication secretly causes genocide. Besides, their kids don’t have ADHD.

Schools target them because they are Black. My own mother told me the cure for ADHD was to “discipline” my child more. A social worker accused me of “enabling” my son when I asked for accommodations.Stigma, stereotypes, and biases affected our family’s ability to manage attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD).

And we are not alone. These incidents happened more than 20 years ago. They still happen today. Battling stigma is nothing new in the ADHD community.

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