A mental illness, such as schizophrenia, is always difficult to deal with and there are many people in New Jersey who have either experienced it firsthand or have witnessed a close relative or friend deal with that mental illness. Such people should understand that the Social Security Administration acknowledges the seriousness of schizophrenia and offers Social Security Disability benefits to those who qualify.
SSA approves a SSD benefits claim for schizophrenia based on criteria that are listed in the agency’s Blue Book. In other words, if a person is seeking SSD benefits for schizophrenia, that person must prove that the person has symptoms that are mentioned in the Blue Book. Those symptoms include hallucinations, delusions, mood swings and abnormal speech.
In addition to evaluating a claim based on the criteria mentioned in the Blue Book, the SSA also determines if those symptoms that the claimant is displaying have had an effect on the claimant’s ability to complete basic day-to-day activities as well as certain inherent abilities. The SSA will also note if the symptoms have affected the claimant’s social behavior and personal relationships.
There may also be cases where a claimant is unable to meet all of the aforementioned criteria. Additionally, in such cases, the claimant may be able to receive SSD benefits for schizophrenia if the person can prove that the observed symptoms have lasted for at least two years, that the symptoms have made it impossible for the claimant to work and if the person needs constant assistance and monitoring due to those symptoms.
After reading this blog post, many people may think that claiming SSD benefits for schizophrenia is a simple task. However, during the application process, those people realize that the process is far more complex than it may seem because a claim needs to be supported by a body of evidence. Therefore, it may be a wise decision to file a SSD benefits claim with the assistance of an experienced SSD attorney, who can offer sound advice and guidance.
Source: Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America, “Tips on Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits with Schizophrenia,” Accessed on June 17, 2015