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What is schizophrenia?

Many people are not aware that Social Security Disability benefits also includes mental conditions. Although they are often harder to diagnose and are less tangible than an injury or illness, mental conditions can be equally debilitating, and can often leave a victim unable lead a normal life. One of the serious mental conditions that affects Americans is schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia affects how a person behaves, thinks and feels. It is typically broken into three categories, positive, negative and cognitive. Positive symptoms include delusions, hallucinations, thought disorders such as an atypical way of thinking, and movement disorders.

Negative symptoms are less obvious and often are more internal. They could include a “flat effect” or a reduction in emotions, both facial expressions or in the tone of one’s voice, a reduction in emotion or pleasure in one’s life, the inability or difficulty in keeping up with activities, including work, and a reduction in communication. Cognitive symptoms could affect a person’s memory, ability to pay attention and the ability to use what was recently used and apply it.

There are several factors that could have led to a victim’s schizophrenia, but could be caused by virus exposure or issues before or during birth including malnutrition. It could also be caused by psychosocial factors. It is believed that imbalanced chemical reactions in the brain and how brain cells utilize dopamine and glutamate likely play a role in schizophrenia. The condition is among the listed mental conditions that may qualify a person for disability coverage due to mental health issues. If you are unable to work due to a mental condition, you may qualify.

Source: National Institute of Mental Health, “Schizophrenia,” Accessed July 13, 2017