By David A. Morton III , M. While attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD sometimes referred to as attention deficit disorder, or ADD , is a mental health condition that's most often associated with children, many adults suffer from ADHD. ADHD that lasts into adulthood can interfere with the ability to work. The difficulty is even more pronounced for those who didn't receive treatment for ADHD in childhood.
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Can you get disability for ADHD?
If ADHD symptoms make it hard for you to work, you may be legally disabled. Here, an employment attorney explains your rights in the workplace, the laws that protect you, and what accommodations might be necessary to protect you and help you succeed. An ADHD diagnosis alone is not enough to qualify for disability benefits. But if distractibility, poor time management, or other symptoms make it hard for you to complete your work, you may be legally disabled. Students with ADHD are protected by state and national laws guaranteeing them a free and appropriate public education.
Are individuals with ADHD legally protected at work?
Although individuals may have both inattention and hyperactivity symptoms, many individuals predominantly display one symptom more than another. The ADA does not contain a list of medical conditions that constitute disabilities. Instead, the ADA has a general definition of disability that each person must meet. Also, the degree of limitation will vary among individuals.
If you are an adult, this may be in the form of a medical vocational allowance which we will discuss further down the page. First, we will discuss how to get disability for attention deficit for a child. To meet the criteria of the listing, there must be medical documentation of the following three criteria: 1. Marked inattention; 2. Marked hyperactivity; 3. Marked impulsiveness. The word "marked" in Social Security terminology means "significant and clearly evident". The criteria of the child ADHD listing is drawn from listing This is because ADHD is considered a developmental disorder rather than a psychiatric disorder.