Social Security For Mentally Disabled Adults


There are multiple areas that fall within the mental disorder category for Social Security Disability. Each category has a listing relevant to the cause of the impairment.  For this blog post, we will focus on four listings – intellectual disorders, schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and neurodevelopmental disorders.

 

First, we will go through what is required to meet the listing for an intellectual disorder. This listing requires that an individual meet one of two sections of conditions. The first section’s conditions are that an individual is (1) unable to take standardized testing due to significantly subaverage intellectual function, (2) deficits in the ability to perform personal needs, such as dressing, bathing or eating, and (3) the evidence for the first two sections began prior to the age of 22.

 

The second section of this listing that can be met by meeting each of the following three requirements. The first requirement is the below average intellectual functioning that is shown by an IQ score lower than 70, or an IQ score between 71 and 75 along with a verbal or performance below 70. The second requirement is the extreme limitation of one of the following, or the marked limitation of two or more of the following: (a) ability to understand, remember, apply information, (b) interact with others, (c) concentrate, persist, or maintain pace, (d) adapt or manage oneself. The final limitation is that the evidence and history show that the impairment began before turning 22.

Meeting either of the paragraphs above would meet the listing for an intellectual disorder.

The next listing that we will go into is schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. To meet this requirement, an individual must have medical documentation of hallucinations, disorganized thinking or speech, or grossly disorganized behavior. The second requirement for this listing requires one of two conditions to be met. The first is either the extreme limitation of one of the following, or the marked limitation of two or more of the following: (a) ability to understand, remember, apply information, (b) interact with others, (c) concentrate, persist, or maintain pace, (d) adapt or manage oneself. The second condition is evidence that the disorder was serious and persistent for at least two years, with evidence of medical treatment, mental health therapy psychosocial support, or a highly structured setting that diminishes the symptoms, as well as a marginal adjustment showing that there is minimal capacity to adapt to changes in the environment that are not a part one’s daily life.

 

The next listing that we will be going over is regarding autism spectrum disorder. To meet this listing, an individual must satisfy both requirements. The first is either the extreme limitation of one of the following, or the marked limitation of two or more of the following: (a) ability to understand, remember, apply information, (b) interact with others, (c) concentrate, persist, or maintain pace, (d) adapt or manage oneself. The second is the medical documentation of qualitative deficits in verbal communication, nonverbal communication and social interaction, as well as having restrictive, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities.

The final listing that will be examined within this post is regarding neurodevelopmental disorders. To meet this listing two conditions must be met. The first is either the extreme limitation of one of the following, or the marked limitation of two or more of the following: (a) ability to understand, remember, apply information, (b) interact with others, (c) concentrate, persist, or maintain pace, (d) adapt or manage oneself. The other condition is the medical documentation of one of three sections. The first is the significant difficulties learning and applying skills. The second is significant difficulties with recurrent motor movement or vocalization. The final section is either having frequent distractibility, or hyperactive behavior.

 

After meeting a listing, Social Security Administration (SSA) will look at how the mental disabilities affect the functioning of the individual. The functionality of a claimant will be determined using documented medical opinions, including the symptoms, medical history, diagnosis, and observations from the medical professionals. In addition, they will look at people who have observed the daily functioning of the claimant, and school records and accommodations made for the student while attending school.

 

It is important to your claim to contact social security or an attorney regarding your claim. Our office can be contacted at 855-513-4357.

 

By

Brady Cysiewski

Written by Hoglund Law

The attorneys of Hoglund law are licensed in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio. Hoglund, Chwialkowski & Mrozik, PLLC is based in Roseville, Minnesota. In addition to handling cases involving bankruptcy & social security, Hoglund, Chwialkowski & Mrozik, PLLC handles faulty drugs and toxic exposure.

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