Access to Mental Healthcare
- ParityTrack: The “central site” for mental health and substance use disorder parity information, which aims to help consumers understand and exercise their rights under the Federal Parity Law and state parity laws.
- Parity or Disparity: The State of Mental Health in America (2015) by Mental Health America
- A Long Road Ahead: Achieving True Parity in Mental Health and Substance Use Care (2015) by the National Alliance for Mental Illness
- NAMI’s Mental health parity infographic
- County Health Rankings and Roadmaps: This website provides mental health care provision by county throughout the United States, along with county-level data on health, wellness and quality of life.
Suicide Prevention / Substance Use Hotlines
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) If you feel you are in a crisis, whether or not you are thinking about killing yourself, please call the Lifeline. People have called for help with substance abuse, economic worries, relationship and family problems, sexual orientation, illness, getting over abuse, depression, mental and physical illness, and even loneliness. The phone number above will connect you to a skilled, trained counselor in your area 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) Also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service, SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental health and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.
- Find out more about the new healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, here.
- Find out about Medicaid coverage in your state here.
- See if you are eligible for Medicaid here.
Private Providers who Specialize in Adult ADD
Note: Many private providers do not accept health insurance, including Medicare or Medicaid. Patients are typically responsible for out-of-pocket payments, but may be able to submit claims to their insurance companies for partial reimbursement. The list of providers below is for informational purposes only; Adult ADD Central does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or services.
- Envision ADHD: Based in Wisconsin, Dr. Jake Behrens specializes in a psychiatric approach that combines an understanding of the unique needs of working professionals with an expertise in ADHD-specific treatments.
- NYU School of Medicine: Serving the New York City metropolitan area, NYU’s Department of Psychiatry Adult ADHD Program offers diagnostic examinations, medication management, neuropsychological testing, cognitive behavioral therapy and family therapy.
- Penn ADHD Treatment & Research Program: Located in Philadelphia, PA, The Penn ADHD Treatment & Research Program specializes in assessing and treating older adolescents and adults (generally age 18 and older) who have difficulties related to ADHD. The program offers diagnostic assessment, consultation and recommendations, specialized treatment, and access to clinical research protocols, whenever they are available.
- Potomac Psychiatry: Serving the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Potomac Psychiatry provides medication management and coaching to improve organizational and time management skills for adults with ADHD.
- ADHD Boston: Based in Needham, MA, ADHD Boston offers ADHD testing, medication and therapy for children and adults, including treatment for common co-morbidities (i.e. depression and anxiety disorders)
- Bay Area Adult ADHD: Located in San Francisco, this practice offers assessment, medication management, and therapy/coaching for adults and children diagnosed with ADHD.
Mental Health Policy and Advocacy
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. In addition to the resources available on NAMI’s national website, you can find your local NAMI chapter or dial the NAMI helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm EST).
- National Council for Behavioral Health: Together with 2,500 member organizations, the National Council for Behavioral Health serves more than 8 million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. Keep up with policy updates on the Council’s Capitol Connector blog , get trained in Mental Health First Aid, and read about dozens of mental health and substance abuse topics.
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: AFSP is a leading organization in the fight against suicide. They fund research, offer educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support those affected by suicide. Find your local chapter here.
- Mental Health America: Mental Health America is a community-based non-profit dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. Your local affiliate can help you access mental health resources in your area. Find your local affiliate by entering your zip code here.
- The Kennedy Forum: The Kennedy Forum works with policymakers, medical experts, the business community, and advocates from across the political spectrum to ensure the rights secured by the landmark Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act are realized by all Americans.
Additional U.S. Government Resources and Services
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides the Mental Health Services Locator, an online, map-based program visitors can use to find facilities in their vicinity. Local organizations may be particularly helpful to address the mental health needs of adolescents in a specific community.
- SAMHSA also offers an opioid treatment directory specifically for individuals who seek treatment for opioid addiction.
- The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) provides information about how to file a complaint if you feel you have been discriminated against because of ADD (or other disabilities) in the workplace.
- The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) supports research and provides information about ADD and other mental health conditions, including mood and anxiety disorders.
- Shire US, Inc. (Vyvanse, Adderall XR) Shire US Inc., Wayne, PA 19087. Tel. 1-800-828-2088
- Janssen Pharmaceuticals (Concerta) Titusville, NJ 08560. Tel. 1-888-440-7903
- Arbor Pharmaceuticals (Zenzedi) Atlanta, GA 30328. Tel. 678-334-2420
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5)
- The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition: DSM-5
- Understanding Mental Disorders: Your Guide to the DSM-V by the American Psychiatric Association (Released May 1, 2015)
The ADD Brain
- Interview with Dr. Richard Friedman on KERA’s Think program, November 20, 2014
ADD in the Workplace
- Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.
- Federal laws prohibiting job descrimination FAQs
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): Overview of different forms of CBT
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD: Targeting Executive Dysfunction by Mary V. Solanto, PhD
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD: An Integrative Psychosocial and Medical Approach by Russell Ramsay and Anthony L. Rostain
- National Alliance on Mental Illness overview of depression.
- Interview with Andrew Solomon about what it means to be depressed. Solomon’s book The Noonday Demon, which charts his own mental health struggle, has recently been re-issued in this country. Solomon argues we do not have a wide enough vocabulary when it comes to describing depression, and that the disease should be treated as seriously as a physical illness.
Meditation & Mindfulness
- Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School
- Free guided meditations by UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center
- The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD by Lidia Zylowsha, PhD
- National Sleep Foundation: The National Sleep Foundation is a charitable, educational and scientific not-for-profit organization located in Washington, DC. Its membership includes researchers and clinicians focused on sleep medicine, health professionals, patients, families affected by drowsy driving and more than 900 healthcare facilities.
Substance Use Disorder
- What is Substance Abuse? A Booklet for Families: This booklet was created for family members of people with alcohol abuse or drug abuse problems. It answers questions about substance abuse, its symptoms, different types of treatment, and recovery. It also addresses concerns of children of parents with substance use/abuse problems.
- SAMHSA provides a Mental Health Services Locator, an online, map-based program visitors can use to find facilities in their vicinity. SAMHSA also offers an opioid treatment directory specifically for individuals seeking treatment for opioid addiction.
- ADHD and Substance Dependence: DrugRehab.com provides information on ADHD and substance use, as well as recommended resources for ADHD-focused addiction treatment.
- The Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Test: The ACE Study conducts ongoing research on the long-term effects of childhood trauma. The ACE Test attributes one point for each category of exposure to abuse or trauma. The higher the score, the greater the exposure, and the greater the risk of negative impacts.
Resources for Non-ADD Friends & Family
- Delivered from Distraction by Edward Hallowell & John J. Ratey. This book is the revised and updated version of Driven to Distraction, which was originally published in 1994. You can read an excerpt here.
- Is it You, Me, or Adult ADD? by Gina Pera
- You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy? by Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo
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