Expert Advice on ADHD a Phone Call Away

TV host Ty Pennington hosts call-in program on Aug. 9

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FRIDAY, Aug. 6, 2004 (HealthDayNews) -- Ty Pennington, the host of the television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, will host the sixth annual ADHD Experts on Call program on from 8 a.m. to midnight on Aug. 9.

Pennington was diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as a child. During the Experts on Call program, he'll discuss his own experience managing ADHD and answer telephone calls along with some of the top ADHD experts in the United States.

The toll-free telephone hotline, 1-888-ASK-ADHD, provides callers with access to English- and Spanish-speaking experts, including doctors, school nurses, educators and advocates.

There will also be a confidential, one-on-one online forum at www.ADHDExpertsOnCall.com throughout the day.

"I know what it's like to grow up with ADHD and how important it is for parents, caregivers, and patients to have access to accurate information," Pennington said in a prepared statement.

"I'm thrilled to be a part of ADHD Experts on Call. I hope that by working with all of these great people and sharing my and my family's experience, I'll help other kids and families understand that there are people out there ready to help them and that it's possible to live a full, productive life with ADHD," Pennington said.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more about ADHD.

SOURCE: Shire Pharmaceuticals, news release, August 2004

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