Though schizophrenia is not as common as other severe mental health impairments, such as bipolar disorder, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or generalized anxiety disorder, it is undoubtedly an extremely severe mental health condition that can alter a person’s thoughts, emotions, behavior, and orientation to reality. Because of its severe effects on a person’s basic daily functioning and connection to reality, schizophrenia is often a permanently disabling condition. If you or a loved one have some or many of the symptoms listed below, it may be worth considering applying for Social Security disability benefits.
Positive symptoms (defined by losing touch with reality):
-Thought disorders (unusual or dysfunctional ways of thinking)
-Movement disorders (agitated body movements)
Negative symptoms (disruptions to normal emotions/behaviors):
-Reduced feelings of pleasure in everyday life
-Difficulty beginning and sustaining activities
Cognitive symptoms (changes in memory/thinking):
-Poor executive functioning
-Trouble focusing or paying attention
-Problems with working memory
Contact Viner Disability Law
If you would like to speak with one of our attorneys about applying for Social Security disability benefits or appealing a claim that has already been denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA), please contact our office for a free disability evaluation.