August 21, 2009

Social Security Disability and Mental Impairments

Indiana Social Security Claimants attempting to get disability benefits for mental impairments should be aware of the criteria the Social Security Administration (SSA) may look at when evaluating their claim.  The SSA evaluation of a disability on the basis of a mental disorder is based on the following:

  1. Documentation of a medically determinable impairment(s);
  2. Degree of limitation that the impairment(s) may have on the claimant’s ability to work; and
  3. The determination of whether these limitations have lasted or are expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months.

The following categories of mental disorders are described more in depth on the SSA’s website:

  • Organic mental disorders: described as psychological or behavioral abnormalities associated with a dysfunction of the brain
  • Schizophrenic, paranoid and other psychotic disorders
  • Affective disorders: characterized by a disturbance of mood, accompanied by a full or partial manic or depressive syndrome
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Mental retardation
  • Anxiety-related disorders
  • Somatoform disorders:  defined as physical symptoms for which there are no demonstrable organic findings or known physiological mechanisms;
  • Personality disorders
  • Substance addiction disorders
  • Autistic disorder
  • Other pervasive developmental disorders

Contact Indiana Social Security Disability Attorney Scott D. Lewis for questions regarding Social Security Disability and Mental Impairments.  For a free consultation, call 317-423-8888. 

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