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.