Facebook has an A.D.D. page.  One of the best and shortest descriptions of A.D.D. I have ever read came from there.  It said “I have ADD.  They just don’t understand.  Oh, look, a butterfly.”

Children with A.D.D., since September 23, 2010 will no longer be denied health plans because of A.D.D.  Also the medications will be covered.  Adderall is a very popular medication for A.D.D.  It is a brand name drug without a generic.  That means if you have enrolled in one of the individual health plans most likely you also have a drug deductible.  The drug deductible is separate from the CYD or calendar year deductible.  Which is a good thing if you have a high deductible health plan.  It would be tough to have to meet a $10,000 deductible to get a medication paid for by your insurance carrier.   Your brand name drug deductible is the deductible you would have to meet.  Once you pay that you will have to pay a co-pay for the prescription.  Make sure that you pay the health insurance premiums on time so you won’t have any problems at the drug store.

It used to be thought that children with A.D.D. would eventually just grow out of it.  Not so!

Dr. John Ratey on the website livingwithadd.com says that ADD stands for Attention Deficit Disorder and that “ those of us that are ADD know that attention is only one part of being ADD.  Plus, we really don’t have an attention deficit.  In fact we actually have an over abundance of attention.  It’s just hard for us to pay attention to only one thing at a time.”

Dr. Ratey then goes on to talk about positive add traits. You can probably find about a billion different web sites that talk about all the problems or negative aspects about ADD.  It’s nice for a change, though to learn some positive aspects about ADD.  Take it away Dr. Ratey:

Creativity: People with ADD are very creative.  Yes, you are creative too.  Living in a non-ADD world may have stifled your creativity though.  When we as ADD people have no outlet for creativity that is when the problems start to escalate…

Sensitivity: People with ADD are highly sensitive. Many ADD people appear to be the exact opposite though.  This may be because society does not want us to show our feelings.  This is especially hard for males.  We wonder why little boys with ADD/ADHD are fighting a lot.  If they cry like they feel like doing they may be told that crying is for babies and to “suck it up”…

Intuition: People with ADD are very intuitive.  We rely a lot more on our gut feelings.  For some reason our society does not seem to value intuition very highly.  Society wants us to prove everything.  Sometimes it’s very hard for people with ADD to find proof for what they know in their gut is 100% correct…

Intelligence:  People with ADD are usually very intelligent.  Sometimes tests used by the non-ADD world do not always show that.  Plus when people with ADD are not interested in something we don’t do very well and the tests become worthless…

The next time you meet up with your ADD friend or family member make sure to let them know how special they are.  Just don’t expect them to be on time.  They just might be chasing that butterfly!