Disability for Schizophrenia in Detroit, Mich.
Schizophrenia can disrupt your life, or the life of someone you love. It can stand in the way of holding a job and supporting yourself financially.
You can stay afloat by applying for Social Security Disability benefits. Benefits include monthly checks to pay for basic expenses and Medicare health coverage (after a waiting period.) Securing disability benefits means securing your independence.
The key is proving that you can’t work because of your mental health problems. These symptoms of schizophrenia can make working impossible:
- Having delusions, which means holding false beliefs. This can include believing that someone is threatening you when they’re not.
- Having hallucinations, including seeing or hearing things that aren’t really happening. Hearing voices, the most common hallucination, can include the voice telling you to harm yourself or others.
- Disorganized thinking and speech, which makes it harder to communicate with others. Sometimes people experience a “word salad,” or saying nonsensical strings of words.
- Disorganized motor behavior, which may include repetitive and useless motions, resisting instructions, or completely failing to respond to others.
- Other effects, including difficulties performing daily tasks like making eye contact and practicing proper hygiene.
To give yourself the best chance of winning benefits, get a lawyer with experience in the special Social Security legal system that decides who qualifies for disability. Lawyers from Levine Benjamin Law Firm have helped thousands of people in Toledo, Traverse City and across Michigan and Ohio.
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How to Qualify for Disability for Schizophrenia
Anytime you apply for Social Security Disability benefits, you must prove that your disability:
- Will last for at least a year, or could lead to death
- Prevents you from doing work you used to do
- Makes it impossible to transfer to a new line of work
With schizophrenia, you may need to show that your particular case meets Social Security’s official listing of impairments that qualify for disability benefits. This means providing medical documentation of:
- Delusions or hallucinations
- Disorganized thinking or speech
- Erratic movements or grossly disorganized behavior
You also need to show that you have:
- An extreme limitation in one, or a marked limitation in two of the following areas:
- Remembering, understanding, or applying information
- Interacting with others socially
- Concentrating and maintaining pace on tasks
- Adapting to change or managing yourself
Another way to win disability benefits with schizophrenia is to prove that your condition:
- “Is serious and persistent,” with a documented history of schizophrenia for at least two years, and proof that:
- You’re seeking medical treatment, therapy, psychosocial support, or a highly structured setting that diminishes your mental illness symptoms.
- You lack the ability to change your environment or perform new tasks.
Get Support for Your Schizophrenia Disability Claim in Detroit
It’s obvious to most that severe schizophrenia makes maintaining employment impossible.
Monthly disability checks can help anyone living with schizophrenia eat, keep a roof over their head, pay for psychiatrists and psychotherapy and afford the psychotropic medications much needed to manage this illness.
But winning benefits isn’t easy. Most people are denied and must file an appeal. Gathering the evidence you need and proving your case for schizophrenia comes with particular challenges.
Social Security’s own data has shown that people with professional representatives to help them navigate the disability benefits process have a higher chance of success. One government report said having a representative increases your likelihood that a disability judge will award benefits by almost three times.
It’s enough to deal with the effects of schizophrenia. Let a Levine Benjamin lawyer take care of your disability claim.
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