The Disability Tax Credit: Needed Relief for Adults With ADHD
A new study suggests it may be possible to accurately diagnose children with ADHD before they reach the age of six. An article on cnn.com discusses the study, its parameters and methodology at length and starts by addressing the tricky issue of possible misdiagnosis.
Since many of the hallmark traits of ADHD can resemble typical behavior from a young child, it’s important for the disorder to be properly recognized, diagnosed and treated to determine when that line is crossed,” said Dr. Susanna Visser, lead author of the report and an epidemiologist with the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the CDC. “But these findings give us really good information that physicians are largely using recommended practices for diagnosing children across the board.
Another study, this one by the Center for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC) backs up the need for early diagnosis:
The far reaching impact of ADHD makes it imperative that clinicians diagnose and treat ADHD as early as possible. The reality is that up to 90% of adults with ADHD remain untreated.
So diagnosing ADHD as early as possible is key to providing effective treatment and staving off problems later in life. Yet there are problems with this type of diagnosis at this young an age. For one thing input from multiple sources is essential in order to reduce the possibility of a misdiagnosis yet not every potentially good source has the time to dedicate to the detailed observations that are required. As the article notes:
Primary care physicians and pediatricians are asked to do so much in so little time, that providing a complete and comprehensive evaluation for ADHD… can be challenging,” said Dr. Robert Doyle, child and adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. “You can’t diagnose ADHD in a vacuum; there are a multitude of factors at play.
But while difficult the quest for accurate early diagnosis goes on because the potential benefits are so significant and the potential price of doing nothing is so great. The CADDAC study notes that the total cost of ADHD to the Canadian economy is likely in excess of $7 billion per year and beyond that the staggering human cost in unfulfilled potential, ruined careers and shattered home lives is even greater. Common problems experienced by adults with ADHD include:
- Marital problems
- Emotional outbursts
- Inability to prioritize
- Undeveloped listening skills
As a result many end up in failing in their careers and settle for dead end jobs where their ADHD is allowed to fester and loved ones are left to wonder how it came to this. But if you’re life has taken a hit from ADHD help is available in the form of a bold government program and a team of powerful allies who can help you obtain the maximum allowable benefits of that program.
The Disability Tax Credit: Easing the Burden of ADHD
The program is called the Disability Tax Credit and it was initiated by the Canadian Revenue Department to help disabled Canadians, including adults with ADHD, get their financial house in order by providing up to $40,000 to help offset the cost of their disability. Since its inception the Disability Tax Credit has helped thousands of individuals and families across the country climb out from under mountains of health related expenses and reclaim their lives. And yet, more than half of those eligible for the program don’t take advantage of it and most of them cite the program’s intimidating application and approval process as the reason. (Get a better understanding of the application process by reading our guide on: T2201 Disability Tax Credit Form).
That’s Where the Team at Disability Credit Canada Comes In
Disability Credit Canada provides the team of professionals who will advocate on your behalf throughout the Disability Tax Credit application process. We’re in your corner from the beginning, guiding your application through the maze of bureaucratic red tape and legalese and staying on top of any issues that may arise all the way through to approval. We’ve helped countless disabled Canadians receive the maximum amount they were eligible for in a timely fashion with no hassles, and we can do the same for you.
Don’t let ADHD sideline you and your family. The Disability Tax Credit can help lift the financial monkey off your back and Disability Tax Credit Canada can help you get approved.