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posted: Monday March 29th - 6:00pm

Health Care Law Loophole: Insurers Refuse New Coverage for Children With Pre-Existing Conditions

A major cornerstone of the health care legislation President Barack Obama signed last week is aimed at providing coverage for children with pre-existing health conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). Will insurance companies hold up their end of the bargain?

Within six months of Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 into law, or by September 23, 2010, insurance companies offering group or individual plans are not supposed to be allowed to deny any child under age 19 coverage based on pre-existing conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). But they may try...
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posted: Wednesday March 17th - 12:00pm

Happy St. Patrick's Day: ADHD and Alcohol, What You Need to Know

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day the healthy and happy way. What you need to know about alcohol and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) medications.

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Considering celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a festive green beer or two? If you're taking medication to treat your attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), you may want to rethink how much alcohol you imbibe, or consider taking a med break for the night. ADD/ADHD expert Larry Silver, M.D., says, "Just say 'no' to more than one beer or glass of wine. Try nursing a drink and...
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posted: Tuesday March 9th - 11:30am

As ADHD Diagnoses Increase Are We Better Off?

ADD/ADHD diagnoses and treatments (including therapy and medication) are on the rise. Life might have been simpler before ADD/ADHD became a recognized mental health condition, but was it better?

More children are seeking treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). More doctors are prescribing antipsychotic drugs to young kids to treat ADD/ADHD. More and more children are being medicated for mental health problems period. Is that so wrong? Or were things simpler, easier, and were we better off overall in the pre-medicated, pre-diagnosed age? An interesting piece by Erik Kolbell, a psychotherapist and author of a...
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posted: Thursday March 4th - 4:00pm

National Grammar Day: Writing Advice for ADD/ADHD Students

March 4th is National Grammar Day (who knew?), so we're celebrating by sharing our best writing advice for students living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Parents talk about word processing gadgets for ADHD children with learning and writing disabilities.
National Grammar Day, brought to you by the Society for Promotion of Good Grammar, was created in 2008. It's celebrated on March 4, which is today, and even though we're not sure whether it's a spoof or publicity stunt, we thought we'd take this opportunity to showcase the best of the best writing advice ADDitude offers for students living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). Enjoy! Discover: ...
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