How to Get Financial Help for a Life-Changing Attention Disorder in Oregon

    If your attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is seriously disrupting your life, you may wonder if any financial support is available while you deal with your condition.

    Social Security Disability benefits provide this kind help for people with physical conditions and mental health impairments like anxiety and depression—when those health problems leave you unable to work.

    The benefits provide monthly checks to keep you on steady ground. But does ADHD count as a disability for these kinds of benefits?
    It can. But it’s not guaranteed.

    WebMD said more than 8 million adults in the United States have ADHD, a condition that starts in childhood. Millions of people live with ADHD, manage it and work.

    What’s different for a successful disability benefits application is that you must show how your case of ADHD, even with treatment, rules out working.

    It can be a challenging thing to prove (most applicants are denied), but an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer knows how to build a case for ADHD disability benefits.

    At Wells, Manning, Eitenmiller & Taylor, our Oregon disability lawyers have over 60 combined years of experience with this process.

    We have offices in Eugene-Springfield, Albany, Roseburg, Coos Bay and Medford. We help people all over Oregon.

    Read more below on how to get disability for ADHD. Or call us to discuss your own situation.

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    Symptoms You Can Document for Your ADHD Disability Benefits Claim

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) keeps a list of health impairments that can qualify for disability benefits. Their list also gives details of the kinds of medical evidence you need to submit for each condition.

    The SSA addresses attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in its listing for “neurodevelopmental disorders.”

    These are examples of symptoms they will consider:

    • Visual perception problems
    • Memory problems
    • Impulse control difficulty
    • High sensitivity to frustration
    • Poor control of movement
    • Poor verbal control
    • Difficulty organizing various aspects of life
    • Learning deficits
    • Recurring accidents with injury
    • Social skill deficits

    To demonstrate that the degree of your symptoms is serious enough to get disability benefits, you’ll need to submit documents from psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, social workers and other care providers you’ve seen.

    This evidence includes reports that come out of your mental health care:

    • Examinations
    • Testing
    • Interviews
    • Psychological rating
    • Measures of your functioning
    • Observations of your speech and movement
    • Medical imaging
    • Laboratory tests
    • Medications you take
    • Effects of your medications
    • Detailed descriptions of your therapy program
    • How your mental health has changed over time
    • How long your symptoms can be expected to last
    • Statements from people who know you

    Compiling all of this information is a lot of work. But the work doesn’t have to be all on you.

    Social Security Disability lawyers know what kinds of information you need for a successful disability benefits claim for ADHD and, and how to present that information to Social Security.

    Having a disability attorney lightens the burden on you, and you pay no fee for a disability attorney until you win benefits.

    You can start with a free initial evaluation from the Oregon disability lawyers at Wells, Manning, Eitenmiller & Taylor.

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    Another Path to Disability for ADHD: Your Everyday Functioning

    Even though Social Security maintains a list as a guide to many health conditions that count for disability benefits, you’re not required to have one of those conditions to get benefits.

    And you can have multiple physical or mental health conditions, not just a certain one.

    The true qualification is how your health limitations including ADHD and any others—in any combination—limit your ability to function well enough to hold a job.

    Social Security uses a measure called “residual functional capacity” or RFC to decide what you can and can’t do. Your RFC is the most you can do despite your health problems.

    For mental conditions, Social Security looks at how your health care providers assess you on these kinds of areas:

    • Understanding instructions
    • Remembering information
    • Carrying out instructions
    • Ability to concentrate
    • Working well with coworkers
    • Working well with supervisors
    • Handling pressure in a work settings
    • Physical stamina

    RFC can also consider physical abilities measured by medical doctors like standing, walking, sitting for long periods, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, crouching and more.

    Your strategy for getting disability for ADHD could include showing how your ADHD combines with other health problems and that your residual functional capacity demonstrates you can’t work.

    Your disability lawyer can help you build your best argument for benefits that improve your life.

    Disability income lets you to get on better footing while you manage your ADHD.

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    Have a Question about Disability Benefits?

    Your health is bad. You can’t work. Your financial stability is threatened. So your head is swimming with questions. How will you get by? How does Social Security Disability work? We’ve gathered answers. See them here:

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