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Determining disability eligibility based on schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a terrifying diagnosis to have bestowed on one individually, or on a friend or relative. It involves the deterioration of one's connection with reality and the prevalence of hallucinations and other delusions that alter one's perception of what is authentic. Some Montclair residents who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia are forced to live their lives in institutions where they may be provided with constant support.

Individuals who suffer from schizophrenia often struggle to hold down jobs. Due to their challenges of determining what is real and what is not, they can lose touch with what they are supposed to be doing and create harmful environments for themselves and others. The Social Security Administration does, however, have a set of protocols in place to determine if a schizophrenic individual may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.

The first way that a schizophrenic individual may become eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is through demonstrating the severity of his impairment and that impairment's impact on his life. Individuals who cannot perform daily living skills or emotionally survive social settings can be found to suffer from significant impairments that qualify them for benefits.

The second way that a person suffering from schizophrenia may qualify for SSD benefits is by presenting a medical history of experiencing the schizophrenic symptoms. The schizophrenic illness must have started at least 2 years before the individual seeks to qualify for benefits otherwise he may not be eligible. Doctors' notes, inpatient reports and other medical records can provide individuals with the evidence they need to start filing for disability benefits.

Emotional illnesses and mental conditions can often qualify people for SSD benefits. It can be difficult to work through the many requirements one must meet to be eligible, though with the help of a Social Security Disability legal practitioner the process can sometimes be more effective.

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