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Borderline Personality Disorder disability benefits are available if you cannot work for more than 12 months. To determine if you are eligible for benefits for this mental disorder, you need to look at SSA Listing 12.08.  Borderline Personality Disorder is inflexible and maladaptive patterns of behavior. The disease usually begins in adolescence or young adulthood. Symptoms may include patterns of distrust, suspiciousness, and odd beliefs. For example, you may think people are talking about you. You may have trouble working with others.

Possible symptoms can be social detachment or avoidance of others. For example, you may avoid family parties or have very few friends. You may also be overly sensitive to criticism. Other issues include an excessive need to be taken care of and difficulty making independent decisions. Or, you may have a preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism, and control. For example, you may wash your hands 40 times a day or be unable to leave the house without going through a list of activities in a certain order. You may also try to control other people.


This disorder also may involve  impulsive anger and behavioral expression grossly out of proportion to any provocation. Perhaps you lost your temper at your supervisor or other employees. Other examples might be road rage that results in your getting out of your car and pounding on someone else’s car. Or, for example, you might chase another driver in your car because you are angry. Likewise, you may think you are the only person at work who can do the job correctly. Perhaps you threaten other employees when you think they are not doing a good job. These are extreme examples of impulsive anger. Does this sound like you?

Examples of disorders in this category include paranoid, schizoid, schizotypal, and borderline. It also includes avoidant, dependent, obsessive-compulsive personality disorders, and intermittent explosive disorder. Obviously, there are many titles and definitions in this category of mental illness. Most of the symptoms of these disorders involve difficulty getting along with others. This may make you ask, “what is borderline personality disorder?” For purposes of disability benefits, it is best to focus on the disabling symptoms of the disorder. A list of the possible symptoms are found below.

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12.08 Personality and impulse-control disorders (see 12.00B7), satisfied by A and B:

  1. Medical documentation of a pervasive pattern of one or more of the following:
    1. Distrust and suspiciousness of others;
    2. Detachment from social relationships;
    3. Disregard for and violation of the rights of others;
    4. Instability of interpersonal relationships;
    5. Excessive emotionality and attention seeking;
    6. Feelings of inadequacy;
    7. Excessive need to be taken care of;
    8. Preoccupation with perfectionism and orderliness; or
    9. Recurrent, impulsive, aggressive behavioral outbursts.


  1. Extreme limitation of one, or marked limitation of two, of the following areas of mental functioning (see 12.00F):
    1. Understand, remember, or apply information (see 12.00E1).
    2. Interact with others (see 12.00E2).
    3. Concentrate, persist, or maintain pace (see 12.00E3).
    4. Adapt or manage oneself (see 12.00E4).

This list of symptoms may or may not contain all of your mental issues. However, even if it contains some of your symptoms, you should make sure to have your treating physician write about these symptoms in his or her progress notes. Progress notes are the notes a doctor makes when you visit the doctor’s office. Your doctor bases his or her progress notes on the symptoms you report and on observation. If you fail to report your symptoms to your doctor, then they won’t appear in the progress notes and you will not get the treatment you need for your mental condition.


At Cannon Disability Law, we can help you apply for benefits. There are many forms to complete when you first apply for disability benefits. We want to make sure you complete the forms properly. Also, we can help you submit your application. Or, if you prefer you can file your own application online at Social Security’s webiste.If the SSA sent you a denial, you have 60 days to appeal the denial. Do not miss the deadline. We can also help you appeal a denial from the SSA. Whether it is a denial at the initial or reconsideration level, we will answer your questions. Do not hesitate to contact us to help you win your case. Put the legal experience of our team to work for you.

If you receive a denial at the reconsideration stage, then it is time to request a hearing. You will also only have 60 days from the receipt of the denial to send in your request for hearing to the local Social Security office near you. There is an address in the denial that tells you where to send your request for hearing. You can also request a hearing online. If you hire us as your Social Security lawyers, we will send the request for hearing to the SSA for you. If you send it in yourself, always keep a copy of what you sent to the SSA. It is not uncommon for the SSA to lose paperwork. Therefore, if you have a copy of what you sent, then you can always prove you sent it.


At Cannon Disability we specialize in helping you prove your disability. Our goal is to develop your case, so that your medical records show the SSA you have a severe disability. A severe disability means you cannot work. We need to prove that your Borderline Personality Disorder has the symptoms under Listing 12.08. Because we know you need disability benefits to replace your income, our legal team works hard to prepare your case. We will also help you prepare for your disability hearing. Likewise, we will appeal any SSA denial. When you are looking for a legal team, hire a firm who has experience. Also, hire a team with a proven record. Contact us today for your free consultation.

Additionally, you can find out more about your legal team on this website. For example, Dianna Cannon has been practicing disability law for over 30 years. Brett Bunkall has won hundreds of cases in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, and California. Andria Summers has over 20 years of experience helping claimants win disability benefits. Our representatives know the law. We have won over $100 million in disability benefits for our clients. Contact us today to hire a disability attorney with experience. Experience wins SSD & SSI benefits.

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