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ADHD diagnoses increasing, more may qualify for SSD

Many people have heard of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This mental condition affects 11 percent of children according to the latest study by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This is an increase from 7.8 percent of children in 2003. The CDC said that this is one of the most common chronic conditions that affects children across the country, including many right here in Atlanta.

Although the number of children that are diagnosed with the condition is increasing, experts aren't sure if the condition is more prominent or if doctors are just better at diagnosing the condition than they were in the past. Whatever the case may be, doctors are also prescribing medications to two-thirds of the children who are diagnosed.

When a child has very severe ADHD, it might be difficult for them to concentrate in school, and they might need assistance both in and out of school. Parents might not be able to afford extra assistance, but depending on the severity of their child's case, they might be able to apply for Social Security disability benefits.

Some chronic mental conditions can qualify a person for benefits. Money received from Social Security can help parents find the care that their child needs. Although the Social Security application process might be confusing, an attorney can help a family ensure it is filled out properly and that a person qualifies for benefits. If someone is denied, they shouldn't lose hope. An appeal can be filed and a person can still receive benefits.

Source:, "More Than 1 in 10 Kids Diagnosed With ADHD," Shaun Heasley, Nov. 25, 2013

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