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Can complications from borderline personality disorder qualify me for disability benefits?

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When you suffer from a mental illness that is characterized by emotional instability and significant changes in personality over short periods of time, you may have borderline personality disorder. This condition has many potential complications that can make earning a living very difficult. Qualifying for Social Security disability benefits may be the only way to alleviate the financial burden that comes along with this condition.

5 Complications Resulting From Borderline Personality Disorder

What are some of the common complications associated with borderline personality disorder? The following are five examples:

  1. Drug abuse
  2. Problems with family and other relationships
  3. Frequent and repeated job losses
  4. Suicide attempts
  5. Engaging in risky behaviors, including car accidents

In addition, borderline personality disorder is often accompanied by other mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and bipolar disorders. These complications can make it very difficult to find and hold a job. In order to qualify for disability benefits, you must either meet the Social Security Administration’s blue book listing for an impairment, or you must show that you are unable to do any job. The blue book does have a specific listing for personality disorders. In addition, you must provide sufficient medical evidence of your specific symptoms as well as your diagnosis.

Proving your disability based on a mental condition is not always easy. We are here to help you navigate the Social Security disability benefits process. We encourage you to contact us today for a free consultation at 888-904-6847.

John L. Keefe
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