Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder Case Study

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Primary diagnosis: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Secondary diagnosis: Affective/mood disorder. The claimant was a 15-year-old boy. Alleged disability: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar, and depression. His aunt reported that he did not like to take his medications, was always in trouble, refused therapy and did not like therapists. Because of his inappropriate behavior, he could not keep friendships; “he could not even participate in the Big Brother program” because he did not like to be told “no.” He assumed others were laughing at him and “furniture goes flying and he needs to get restrained for his safety and for others.” He had “been Baker-Acted numerous times,” the police visited the home on a regular basis, he was sent home from school also on a…show more content…
Work experience: None. The Comparison Point Decision (CPD) date was 06/01/2012. Per mental health records (2010, 2012), the claimant was 11 years old; he had a history of ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, and depression. He had poor impulse control, poor social skills, was irritable and demanding, was easily angered and defiant, and was obsessive when he wanted something. He was physically and verbally aggressive, hyperactive, and disruptive. He was diagnosed with adjustment disorder with mixed disturbance of emotions and conduct, ADHD combined type, and rule out a learning disorder. He was taking psychotropic medications. Per a Teacher Questionnaire (2012), the claimant was in the 4th grade. He had problems acquiring and using information, attending and completing tasks, interacting with others, and caring for himself. When he did not take his medication, it was impossible for him to function in a classroom setting; he “extremely fidgety, disruptive, and volatile.” Even when working with support he did not complete tasks; he required constant supervision and structure. The claimant met disability listing 112.11
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