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SCHIZOPHRENIA AND DISABILITY – LISTING 12.03

WHAT IS SCHIZOPHRENIA?

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that causes a person to seem out of touch with reality. They may also hear sounds or voices that are not there. They may also see things that other people cannot see. For example, a person with Schizophrenia may see the walls moving in a room. Or, they may say they hear voices constantly talking to them and telling them to do act a certain way or do things that may not be healthy. Sometimes, the voices they hear simply tell them they are not a good person. Additionally, some people believe that they receive messages from the TV, radio, or even traffic signs and license plates.
The exact cause of Schizophrenia is not known. However, a combination of genetics, the environment, and possibly altered brain chemistry may play a role in the mental disorder. Schizophrenia is characterized by disorganized speech, odd behavior, and decreased participation in daily activities. An individual may also have difficulty with concentration and memory. The treatment for Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders may be lifelong. Treatment often involves medication, psychotherapy, and specialty care services given by mental health professionals. More information about these disorders can be found at the website for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

schizophreniaHOW TO PROVE DISABILITY IF YOU HAVE A PSYCHOTIC DISORDER

If you are unable to work due to Schizophrenia or a psychotic disorder, you may qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits.  The SSA states there are symptoms of psychotic disorders that they evaluate under listing 12.03. For example, the SSA considers psychotic disorders that include delusions, such as hearing voices or seeing things that aren’t there. The SSA uses Listing 12.03 to define the symptoms of a psychotic disorder that qualifies for disability benefits. Below is listing 12.03, which outlines the symptoms you must document to prove disability. Listing 12.03 can be found at ssa.gov and is also discussed below.

LISTING 12.03 FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA AND OTHER PSYCHOTIC DISORDERS

12.03 Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders (see 12.00B2), satisfied by A and B, or A and C:

  • Medical documentation of one or more of the following:
    1. Delusions or hallucinations;
    2. Disorganized thinking (speech); or
    3. Grossly disorganized behavior or catatonia.

AND

  • 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).

OR

  • Your mental disorder in this listing category is “serious and persistent;” that is, you have a medically documented history of the existence of the disorder over a period of at least 2 years, and there is evidence of both:
    1. Medical treatment, mental health therapy, psychosocial support(s), or a highly structured setting(s) that is ongoing and that diminishes the symptoms and signs of your mental disorder (see 12.00G2b); and
    2. Marginal adjustment, that is, you have minimal capacity to adapt to changes in your environment or to demands that are not already part of your daily life (see 12.00G2c).

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If you need help proving you deserve disability benefits, contact Cannon Disability Law.  We will represent you without charging an attorney fee up front. Also, we will provide a free consultation. Likewise, we do not change an attorney fee unless we win your case.  It is always our goal to win disability benefits for our clients. In order to win benefits, you will need mental health treatment. We have free and low cost mental health sources on this website.  You will also need an experienced attorney to help you prepare and win your disability case. We have won over $100 million in back benefits for our clients. Put our experience to work for you. Hire the Cannon Disability Law legal team.

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