What is ADHD? (Episode 3)

In this episode of the DPSS podcast, Aimee Parsons and Trevor Friesen talk about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADHD.

They answer questions like:

  • What is ADHD?
  • What does it look like?
  • What can I do to support myself or someone else with ADHD?


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