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Personality disorders and disability benefits

With sufficient severity, a personality or impulse control disorder may qualify an induvial to receive Social Security disability benefits. Like all disability claims, the limitations imposed by the personality or impulse control disorder must have lasted or be expected to last for a period of 12 months. There are two possible avenues for becoming approved for disability benefits for this type of disorder. First, you can demonstrate through medical records and testimony at your hearing that the symptoms relating to your disorder will render you unable to perform your past work or other work. This will generally require the judge to accept that you will be unable to tolerate the human interaction, routine changes, or criticism inherent in such work or that you will be rendered "off-task" in the workplace to an unacceptable degree. Conversely, it is also possible to qualify for benefits by meeting or equaling the criteria of a "Listing". The regulations followed by the Social Security Administration establish listed disorders or groups of disorders and establish clinical and diagnostic criteria for each that, if met, should lead to a finding that the individual is disabled. The applicable listing for personality and impulse control disorders is listing 12.08, which requires the following:

Changing the Location of Your Hearing

The Social Security disability process can be long and complicated. Because your claim can take several years to proceed to the hearing stage, it may be the case that you will relocate for family or other reasons during the pendency of your claim. If you relocate during the process, it is important to keep the Social Security Administration or the law firm you are working with aware of any address changes. It may be possible for the SSA to arrange for your hearing to be held closer to your new address, particularly if you have moved a great distance.

Veterans start program helping other struggling vets

When military veterans struggle with mental, emotional and physical issues after returning from combat, it's often hard for people to help them. Vets may feel like no one else can really understand what they went through. Some have called it a post-military subculture.

The mental challenges of post-war life

When they return to the United States after serving in combat, many veterans face a significant amount of serious health challenges. Some of these are mental issues, which often are not as clear-cut as physical issues. They can impact relationships, make it so that the veterans cannot return to work and change the entire course of their lives.

How much does Supplemental Security Income really pay?

If you qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), your first question is probably simple: How much money am I actually going to receive? What does this qualification mean for you from a financial standpoint? Just how much of an impact is it going to have on your life?

Employment as a Fast Food Worker May Not Be Substantial Gainful Activity

I can never forget my first experience as a fast food worker. No matter what shift I worked or at what station, I always came home smelling of grease. I was occasionally burned by a hot grill or had fingers smashed unloading boxes of frozen food. Even as I continued through my twenties, full-time hours were never offered. I believe this was a common experience for many fast workers then, and still holds true today.

A Closed Period of Disability

A closed period of disability is a period with a beginning date and a definite ending date established by the adjudicator. A claimant may be entitled to a closed period of disability if the evidence shows he or she was disabled for a continuous period of at least 12 months but is no longer disabled at the time of adjudication.

Can you get Social Security Disability for a broken limb?

Accidents happen and it doesn't take much more than a trip over a curb to wind up with a broken limb -- or maybe two broken limbs. If you suddenly find yourself with both arms or both legs in a cast, however, you can't count on Social Security Disability benefits to help you out unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Addressing the Judge at your Disability Hearing

Prior to your disability hearing, your attorney will likely make clear to you that it is a very informal type of proceeding. There will not be an adversarial attorney cross-examining you and trying to prove that you are not disabled. You will not have to "take the stand" and sit in a witness box. Your attorney is not likely to object to anything being said in court. In other words, it is hardly an episode of Law and Order. 

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