ADHD and Social Security Disability

While ADHD is better known to affect children, especially since the average age of diagnosis is seven years old, that doesn’t mean ADHD does not affect adults. It is reported that 4 percent of adults in the United States have been diagnosed with ADHD. The severity of ADHD varies from person-to-person, so if the ADHD is proven to be severe enough, can it qualify the person for Social Security disability benefits?

Does it Qualify?

The answer to this question is: most likely not. While working with ADHD may be frustrating, it is extremely unlikely that you can prove that it is severe enough to make you unable to find some type of work. However, in extreme cases, it is possible to obtain Social Security disability benefits.

In order to qualify for SSDI benefits, you must have medical evidence that proves you struggle with at least 3 of these symptoms:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Pressure of speech
  • Flight of ideas
  • Inflated self-esteem
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Easy distractibility
  • Inability to recognize dangerous situations
  • Hallucinations, delusions or paranoid thinking

Once you’ve proven that you have at least 3 of these symptoms, you must then obtain evidence that these symptoms affect 2 of the following:

  • Marked restriction of activities of daily living
  • Marked difficulties in maintaining social functioning
  • Marked difficulties in maintaining concentration, persistence, or pace
  • Repeated episodes of decompensation, each of extended duration

Check Section 12.04 of the Social Security Blue Book to find out more information on how your ADHD may qualify you for Social Security benefits.

If you are not sure if you qualify for Social Security benefits, make sure to call us. We offer a free consultation where we can answer your questions about Social Security disability benefits so that you can know if your case may be eligible for benefits.

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