Philadelphia Social Security Disability Lawyers: Mental Conditions
Eric. A. Shore and his team of Social Security lawyers in Philadelphia help claimants nationwide get Social Security disability benefits for psychological and emotional disabilities as well as physical disabilities. We achieve these results by working with psychologists, psychiatrists and other medical experts to verify that a claimant’s mental disorder is on the Social Security impairment list or is close to one of the disorders on the list. Claimants with mental disorders may significantly benefit from having an experienced Philadelphia Social Security disability lawyer manage the claim application and appeals process.
The Social Security Administration has a special list for mental disorders. Applicants who can prove they have a disorder on the list may automatically meet the disability test for a Social Security Disability claim. Otherwise, claimants have to show, through proper medical and personal evidence, that they cannot work for at least a year or that their condition threatens their life.
There are eight categories of Social Security mental disorders:
- Organic mental disorders: brain dysfunction such as memory loss, hallucinations and personality changes.
- Schizophrenic, paranoid and other psychotic disorders
- Affective disorders: partial or full manic depression is an example.
- Intellectual disability: below average intelligence and low verbal IQ are symptoms.
- Anxiety-related disorders: phobic and compulsive disorders are examples.
- Somatoform disorders: physical disorders for which there is no known physical evidence.
- Personality disorders which affect the ability to socialize and function.
- Autistic disorders and other pervasive developmental disorders.
Each Social Security disability type must be reviewed for symptoms, psychological findings, psychiatric abnormalities and other factors. Some of the other factors are the ability to perform daily living activities, lack of concentration, and the inability to function socially. The claimant, the treating doctors, psychologist, psychiatric nurses and social workers can provide evidence/documentation of the disorder.
Even those claimants who believe they only have a physical disorder must tell their doctors about each and every emotional or mental complaint. The mental problems can help prove a person with a physical disability is disabled and eligible for social security disability.
Philadelphia Social Security Lawyers at the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore Represent Disability Clients with Mental Disorders
Social Security disability lawyers in Philadelphia at the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore work for Social Security applicants who have mental disorders or physical disorders. We consult with psychiatrists, psychologists, and counselors to prepare medical reports that show the claimant’s mental disorder it meets one of social security’s mental health listings impairments. We handle denials and appeals of SSDI and SSI claims. Call our Philadelphia Social Security law firm for a consultation on behalf of a loved one with mental difficulties at 1-800-CANT-WORK (800-226-8967) or contact us online today. Our Philadelphia disability lawyers handle Social Security claim applications and appeals nationwide.