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ADHD and Hyperactivity - Causes, Symptoms, Health Insurance Coverage


​What Is ADHD?

ADHD or Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a disorder of the brain that affects sit still, how you pay attention, and control your behavior. This disease starts in childhood and can continue into adulthood. Basically, this disease is referred to as a mental disorder in children. This type of disease is more common in boys than in girls.  

ADHD is a mental disorder in children. Boys are more likely to have it than girls. It’s usually spotted during the early school years when a child begins to have problems paying attention. There is no cure for this disease but diagnosing it at an early stage will surely help in managing symptoms of ADHD. 


Symptoms are grouped into three types: 

Inattentive ADHD in Child: 

  • Gets distracted easily
  • Doesn't listen and follow directions 
  • Doesn't pay attention 
  • Can’t organize daily tasks
  • Often loses things

  • Hyperactive-impulsive ADHD in Child: 

  • Bounces or fidgets when sitting
  • Can’t sit at one place
  • Make noises every time 
  • Restlessness 
  • Way too talkative
  • Interrupts others

  • Symptoms in adults:

  • Forget things
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Can’t control anger 
  • Impulsiveness
  • Procrastination
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Problem in relationship

  • ​Diagnosis

    It is hard to diagnose this disease, especially in children. Doctors usually physically examine the patient and ask about the parents or guardians about the behavior of the patient. If the patient is suffering from a health condition, the doctor will ignore these behaviors as it may be the side effect of the treatment. If not, then the doctor will recommend the patient to a specialist such as a psychologist, psychiatrist, or psychotherapist.


    There is no cure, but doctors generally use two ways to treat this disease. One is medicinal and the other is therapeutic. 

    Medication: There are several medications that help in improving and controlling hyperactive and impulsive behavior. These are:

  • Amphetamine (Adzenys XR ODT, Dyanavel)
  • Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin)
  • Dextroamphetamine (Adderall, Dexedrine)
  • Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse)

  • Patients that are older than 6 years may take non-stimulant medications like:

  • Atomoxetine (Strattera)
  • Clonidine (Kapvay)
  • Guanfacine (Intuniv)

  • Therapy: The main aim of therapy is to change the behavior of the patient. Training in social skills like sharing, taking turns, waiting, etc can bring changes in behaviors. Support groups are also helpful for adults who are suffering from ADHD.​

    ​Health Insurance

    ADHD, if not treated at a young age can create several problems in the future. However, expenses of medicine and therapy sessions can put a major strain on your pocket. That is why it is advisable to buy health insurance​ as medical expenses are skyrocketing these days. And you need someone who supports you financially. Health insurance plans from a reputable insurance provider will take care of medical expenses and hospitalization bills. You will also be eligible for cashless treatment at network hospitals of your insurance provider. You don’t need to worry about the finances as it will be taken care of by your insurance company. All you need to worry about is get recovered fast. Not only that, but you will also get tax benefits on the premium paid towards the health insurance plan under section 80 D of Income Tax Act, 2019.