The Social Security Administration considers your ability to engage in any kind of work when it determines whether you are disabled under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines and regulations. A few conditions are so severe that you are presumed to be disabled if you meet certain guidelines, either under the “compassionate allowance”, which are extremely severe conditions, or if you meet certain “listings”. Most of the listings are very complex and require proof of several objectively verifiable conditions or findings. Both the compassionate allowances and the listings can be found on the Social Security web site.
The Social Security Administration considers mental disorders in a very complex manner, and requires proof of a significant interruption in your ability to work. Mental disorders may include organic mental disorder, schizophrenia, affective disorders (bipolar, depression, mental retardation (SSA’s term), anxiety and personality disorders.
The listing are set up so that there is first an evaluation of the diagnosis of the impairment, followed by a determination of the severity of the limitations, and the effect on activities of daily living; social functioning; concentration, persistence and pace; and repeated episodes of decompensation. SSA may examine whether you have repeated episodes of decompensation of extended duration or requiring a highly supportive living arrangement in its decision as well.
These “nonexertional” limitations should also be considered in conjunction with exertional limitations as well in determining whether you are disabled.
If you meet the definitions in the listing as to how disabling the condition is you may entitled to Social Security disability benefits. You may also be entitled to benefits if your condition medically equals a listing, or if it otherwise prevents you from being able to engage in substantial gainful activity.
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