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Determining the severity of mental impairment

When a mental impairment claim may be warranted, one thing that has to be done is to determine the severity of said impairment. This can be done by looking at a number of factors; the severity depends on which of these factors exist at the same time. Some of those that are considered include the following:

- Disorientation as it pertains to either the physical location or the time. - Issues with memory, either on a long-term basis or a short-term basis. Temporary memory issues are also considered. - Hallucinations and similar impairments to the basic thought process. - A marked shift in a subject's personality. - Changes in a person's overall mood. - Instability when it comes to emotions and mood swings. - A measured drop in IQ and mental function. - Extended or repeated mental episodes. - The influence of these episodes on a person's overall ability to function during day-to-day living. - Issues with the ability to concentrate and focus. - The person's mental history.

Some common disorders that may be addressed are things like schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder. These things do not always impact every person in the same fashion. While some of the same symptoms may show up from one case to the next, it is possible for two people with the same disorder to have the symptoms manifest themselves in different ways, which is why everything must be considered.

When looking into benefits for mental impairment in Minnesota, be sure that you know exactly how these cases are considered and what legal steps you have to take.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Disability Evaluation Under Social Security 12.00 Mental Disorders - Adult" Dec. 16, 2014

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