Organic mental disorders are behavioral or psychological abnormalities that are associated with the dysfunction of the brain. They are not necessarily caused by genetic predispositions or mutations and can be a result of trauma or injury.
To receive Social Security Disability payments for a mental disorder, you have to show that there is a demonstrable loss of specific cognitive abilities. For instance, if you can show that a person with this condition no longer understands times or places due to disorientation, which would indicate an organic mental disorder. Additionally, you may be able to show symptoms such as memory impairment or changes in personality. Mood disturbances and impaired impulse control are also symptoms.
Additionally, you should be able to show that the mental impairment is having an effect on your everyday life. There should be marked restriction of daily activities, difficulties in maintaining concentration or pace, repeated episodes of decompensation or trouble maintaining social functioning.
A person may also present a medically documented history of a mental disorder. This history needs to show that you've been dealing with this disorder for at least two years. If you've been working, show how it has caused your work abilities to change. The symptoms may be addressed with medications or psychosocial support and still be recognized by the Social Security Administration. You should be able to show that the disease is at such a state that increasing your work load would cause you to decompensate or that you have repeat episodes of decompensation despite medication.
When you are ready to apply for disability, your attorney can help you collect all the paperwork, documents and evidence you need for your case. If you are denied, you can work together to appeal. Our website contains more on disability benefits and what you need to do if you believe you're disabled and entitled to compensation.