This post discusses SSA Disability Benefits for Psychosis. If you or someone you love has been assessed with psychosis or a psychotic disorder read on for how Social Security will evaluate your claim.

Psychosis is a symptom, not an illness itself. In simple words, psychosis means that you have lost contact with reality. Psychosis can consist of hallucinations or delusions or both. Hallucinations can be seeing, hearing or even physically feeling things that are not there. Delusions are strong irrational beliefs. Via NAMI.

Psychosis causes include: alcohol or drug use, brain diseases (Parkinson’s), brain tumors, dementia, HIV, some prescription drugs, some forms of epilepsy, or a stroke. In addition, most people with schizophrenia and some people with bipolar disorder or a personality disorder can have psychosis. Via NIH.

Treatment depends on the cause of the psychosis. For some, short term use of an anti-psychotic may be all that is needed but others may be on anti-psychotics for life. Abilify, Risperdal, Zyprexa and Haldol are some anti-psychotic medications. Unfortunately anti-psychotic medications can come with unpleasant side effects. Via WebMD.

The Social Security Administration can evaluate psychosis based on the underlying cause or under 12.03 Schizophrenic, paranoid and other psychotic disorders.  This listing requires psychosis that results in at least two of the following: marked restriction of activities of daily living; or marked difficulties in maintaining social functioning; or marked difficulties in maintaining concentration, persistence, or pace; or repeated episodes of decompensation, each of extended duration.

The question is what are marked difficulties? Social Security defines “marked” as when your impairment(s) interferes seriously with your ability to independently initiate, sustain, or complete activities. “Marked” limitation also means a limitation that is “more than moderate” but “less than extreme.” Via SSA.

Are you unable to be around others because of paranoia or anger outbursts? Are you unable to complete simple household tasks or unable to properly care for your personal hygiene? If so, you may meet SSA’s definition of “marked.”

If you are unable to work, file a claim for SSA Disability Benefits for Psychosis as soon as possible and call The Bishop Law Firm. We want to help!