Adults and children with ADHD frequently report that they just can’t seem to do the things that keep their lives running smoothly. 

Whether it’s doing homework every day, remembering to pay bills, or keeping up-to-date with work projects, people with ADHD have more trouble completing tasks than average. Unsympathetic friends, family, and even clinicians occasionally advise people with ADHD to “just force yourself.”

A new study demonstrating how ADHD drug lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (Vyvanse) works in the brain, though, suggests that people with ADHD suffer a pleasure deficit that makes it challenging – if not impossible – to force themselves to complete tasks.

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