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How do I receive SSD benefits for qualifying mental conditions?


For people in Newark and throughout New Jersey, there are often concerns and confusion regarding how to receive Social Security Disability Benefits for qualifying medical conditions. There are certain requirements that must be met and steps that have to be taken to prove their existence, before receiving benefits for these mental issues.

If you are suffering from schizophrenia, paranoia and other psychotic problems, there must be a deterioration from a prior level of functioning. There are categories designated by letters A, B and C. Benefits will be given when the requirements of A and B are met or if the requirements of C are met.

For category A, there must be a medically shown and persistent, continuous or intermittent, of hallucinations or delusions, catatonia or gross disorganization, behaving incoherently or thinking illogically and blunt, flat or inappropriate affect. Being emotionally withdrawn or isolated will meet the requirements for category A as well. In category B, there must be two of the following: a marked restriction of activities that are customary for daily living, difficulty to maintain social functioning, inability to concentrate or persist or episodes showing decompensation.

For category C, there must be chronic schizophrenia, paranoia or other psychiatric issues for two years, and it must be documented by a physician. These must limit the ability to work with medication reducing the force of these problems. There must be a repetitive decompensation for an extended period or a history of a year or more of being unable to function apart from a supportive living environment.

Those who believe that they are suffering from these issues and should be receiving Social Security Disability Benefits, due to their inability to function in what would be considered a normal way, need to understand how to move forward in being approved. If you are unsure or even if you have been denied in the past, there is still a chance to receive benefits. Seeking assistance from a qualified legal professional can be of great help in receiving Social Security Disability Benefits for mental conditions.

Source: SSA.gov, "Schizophrenic, paranoid and other psychotic disorders," accessed on Oct. 20, 2014

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