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as prescribed, they are highly unlikely to lead to addiction nor do they lead to an increased risk for subsequent drug and alcohol abuse later in life. Those who are on ADHD medication find that it is highly regulated. Doctors can't call a prescription into a pharmacy; it must be picked up or mailed and the script must be renewed every month. Frequent check-ins with the prescribing physicians as well as a thorough initial evaluation are also required. But for John A. these annoyances are worth the end result. "It has been a game changer for me, I can sit through a class and really participate," he says. "Before, I would stare out the window and wonder what I had missed when the class was over." Coping with ADHD requires some vigilance and self-awareness. It is not a passive condition; remediation only comes when time-wasting patterns are identified and negative habits are broken. What is true is that there are myriad ways to become focused and productive. When that happens, watch out. "Once these people use these strategies, they can be far more successful than the typical person," says Marla Stone, "and it is a sign of maturity to ask for help." She and the others interviewed marveled at the dazzling competencies displayed by those who come funny, clever, creative, active visionaries," says Ned Hallowell. "They are pioneers; they are the kinds of people who colonized this country." 153 s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e through their offices. "These people are fun,

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