Schizophrenia refers to a serious mental illness that is considered to be a chronic condition. Due to this disorder, a person’s abilities may be limited and it may prevent them from being able to think, make decisions, control their emotions, or relate with other people.
People suffering from schizophrenia disability may lose touch with reality. However, schizophrenia is not a very common disorder and its symptoms can be unbearable for some people.
Some of the symptoms of schizophrenia may include:
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) generally does not list specific disabilities that it would encompass. However, the ADA does provide general definitions of disability, which would cover many different physical and mental conditions. A person is considered to be disabled when they suffer from a mental or a physical impairment that prevents them from performing their daily activities. People who are suffering from schizophrenia may have numerous types of limitations, including:
The degree of limitations that an individual might face relating to schizophrenia can differ from one person to another. Schizophrenia is a disability that is most commonly diagnosed in a person’s late teens to early 30s. Schizophrenia is an illness that is more frequently diagnosed in males than in females. In the United States, the incidence of schizophrenia among the population ranges from 0.25% to 0.64%. Schizophrenia is considered to be among the top 15 disabilities around the world.
A person may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for schizophrenia if they suffer from this disability and the illness has prevented them from working and earning a living for at least 12 months. There is an SSA Blue Book listing that explicitly lists schizophrenia as a covered disability and it requires that a person who has schizophrenia must have reduced functional capacity to receive benefits.
If a person meets all of the criteria mentioned in listing 12.03, then the SSA will approve that individual for disability benefits. Listing 12.03 includes schizophrenia disability, as well as other psychotic disorders, such as schizoaffective disorder, schizotypal disorder, substance-induced psychotic disorder, and schizophreniform disorder.
For a person to be eligible for Social Security disability benefits under this disability listing, then they must be able to provide medical evidence that proves that they are suffering from some of the following symptoms:
If a person has an extreme limitation in one of the below-mentioned fields or a marked limitation in two of the following fields, then an individual who has schizophrenia will qualify for disability:
An applicant should be able to provide medical records, such as hospital records, documentation from their doctor stating their opinion of the applicant’s inability to do work, feedback from a psychologist or psychiatrist, any psychological tests reports, and any other available evidence to prove the disability. The evidence can also include statements given by friends and family that indicate that the applicant’s ability to work has been drastically affected by their condition.
Most applicants are initially denied benefits by the SSA, and the claims process can be both lengthy and complicated. This is why it can be so important to seek help from an experienced legal professional while seeking benefits.
Having competent legal help on your side can both safeguard your rights and help you to gather medical evidence, prepare for the hearing process, navigate the process’s chaos and confusion, and provide you with the respect you deserve.
Disability lawyers in Florida can guide you throughout the application process until you receive the SSDI or SSI benefits you deserve. Do not get discouraged even if your application has been initially denied, as having a lawyer on your side can be helpful when you file an appeal.
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