Audra McDonald Shines The Spotlight On ADHD

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Actress and singer Audra McDonald made history during the 2014 Tony Awards when she won her sixth Tony for her leading role as Bille Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”. In her moving acceptance speech, McDonald not only thanked her parents for their support, but also for their life-changing decision to not put her on ADHD medication as a child.

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“I want to thank my mom and my dad in heaven for disobeying the doctor’s orders and not medicating their hyperactive girl,” she said onstage. “And finding out what she was into instead and pushing her into the theater.”