Mental Impairments And Social Security Disability

A large portion of Social Security claims are based, in part, on a mental illness.

There are many ways to demonstrate a disability under the Social Security Law.  One such way, is by meeting the criteria listed in 12.02 of the adult listings.  Under 12.02 Section C, a chronic mental disorder meeting the following criteria may qualify a claimant as “disabled” under the rules:

  • Medical documented history of chronic or organic mental disorder lasting at least two years;
  • Must have caused more than a minimal limitation of ability to do basic work activities;
  • Including symptoms treated by medication or counseling services;
  • Repeated episodes of decompensation or history of one or more years of inability to function outside a highly supportive living arrangement;

Whether or not you fit into a specific category may determine whether or not you are approved or denied benefits.  Even if you don’t meet all of the criteria, there are other ways to demonstrate a disability under the Social Security rules.

If you have questions about whether or not you qualify for benefits, we would be happy to speak to you regarding your situation.