Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder affecting both children and adults. It primarily causes an inability to pay attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. In children ADHD might be responsible for lack of concentration at school resulting in poor school performance. Adults living with ADHD can experience several issues, including low self-esteem and not being able to stay in relationships.
Most ADHD cases are detected in childhood but many are not caught and diagnosed until later in the teenage years or adulthood. Although not curable, many of the symptoms can be controlled with treatment. Both oral drugs and therapeutic counselling can greatly help ADHD patients.
If you or your children have ADHD, you may qualify for the Disability Tax Credit and other benefits in Canada.
Genetics might be responsible for ADHD as it tends to run in families. Researchers have also found that structural changes in the brain are linked to the condition. Here are some other factors that may cause ADHD:
- Different brain structure and function. Brain scans in ADHD patients show that the area that controls attention in the brain is structurally different and has less activity than the brain of normal people.
- Smoking and drug use while pregnant. If you’re pregnant and smoke, drink liquor or use drugs you increase your risk of having a child with ADHD.
- Childhood exposure to environmental toxins. Studies show that small children exposed to toxins are at a higher risk for developmental and behavioural issues. A good example is exposure to lead in paint and old piping which has been linked to short attention span and even violence.
ADHD was initially called attention-deficit disorder (ADD). ADHD is now the favoured term as it covers both these major underlying symptoms: inattention and impulsive hyperactivity. One thing to remember is that almost all normal, healthy children are inattentive, hyperactive or impulsive at one stage or another. This does not mean they have ADHD. Some warning signs to look out for are, if your child consistently has trouble concentrating, can’t sit still, or does not seem to have control on his/her behaviour. If you’re concerned that your child displays these symptoms, day in and day out, it’s time to go see your doctor.
Disability Tax Credits for ADHD
Have you or your child been diagnosed with ADHD? Well, you’re not alone and help is available. You might be eligible for the Disability Tax Credit under the major category of mental functions. Contact HandyTax to discuss your individual case today. You have nothing to lose!