2nd October 2019

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Is ADHD a disability or mental illness?

ADHD is one of the most researched and prevalent childhood brain disorders. When considering the question “Is ADHD a learning disability or mental illness?” ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is classified as a psychiatric disorder and the symptoms often continue through adolescence into adulthood.

Hereof, can I get disability allowance for ADHD?

If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, or ADD, he or she can qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits if the severity of the child's ADHD meets the Social Security Administration's childhood impairment listing for neurodevelopmental disorders (listing 112.11).

Is ADHD legally a disability?

The ADA defines “disability” as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more “major life activities,” such as walking, seeing, hearing, or learning. Having a diagnosed impairment, such as ADHD, does not necessarily mean that an individual is disabled within the meaning of the ADA.

Is ADHD considered to be a disability?

It is estimated that between 3 and 5 percent of children have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or approximately 2 million children in the United States. This means that in a classroom of 24 to 30 children, it is likely that at least one will have ADHD. ADHD is not considered to be a learning disability.
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