Schizophrenia Social Security Disability

Mental Disorders Are Most Common Conditions Qualifying for Social Security Disability

by Staff | February 24th, 2014

February 24, 2013

There are numerous conditions that qualify individuals for Social Security disability benefits, but some of the most commonly listed ailments are mental disorders. In fact, a new annual report from the Social Security Administration shows mental disorders to be the leading diagnostic group for individuals who are receiving such benefits.

The conclusion was drawn from information gathered from more than 10 million individuals who currently receive Social Security disability. This data led researchers to find 35.5 percent of all Social Security recipients list a mental condition as one of the ailments that prevents them from working. In Massachusetts, more than half of all recipients claim to suffer a mental disorder.

The most commonly listed mental condition was mood disorders, accounting for more than 14 percent of all claims. Intellectual disabilities make up another 8.4 percent of claims, while those suffering from psychotic disorders—like Schizophrenia—are responsible for another 5.1 percent of all disability claims.

Read more about mental disorders and the qualifications to receive benefits here.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are aware of how difficult it can be to live with a mental disorder. That is why the firm is here to help if you or a loved one are unable to work due to mental health and need financial assistance.

Do Mental Conditions Qualify for Social Security Disability?

by Staff | July 19th, 2013

July 19, 2013

More claims for Social Security Disability Benefits are being filed in the United States today than ever before. One of the leading types of disabilities being listed as the need for benefits are mental conditions. This leaves many wondering though, “What mental conditions qualify an individual for benefits?”

The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires that most mental conditions be stringently documented by medical professionals and meet other criteria as well. For instance, an individual wanting Social Security Disability for Schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders must show they have experienced repeat documented instances of symptoms that has impaired the patient’ ability to work. Furthermore, the individual must show inability to maintain at least two of the following:

  • Daily Activities without Restriction
  • Social Functioning
  • Concentration or Pace
  • A Period of Time Without Episodes of the Disease

Once an application for benefits is received by the SSA, along with all the necessary documentation of the disease from medical professionals who have treated the patient, the agency will begin processing the claim. This can be an extremely drawn out process that can take months to complete.

The Social Security Disability Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are aware of how frustrating the processing of a disability benefits claim can be. That’s why the firm is here to help if you are considering applying for benefits or have a claim that has been denied in the past.