Q I was recently diagnosed with a mood disorder. My symptoms can be pretty severe, but I’m not sure if I should apply under the schizoaffective disorder listing. Can you help?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) makes the application process for SSDI in New England very difficult. They require you to meet specific listings. However, no two people have the same exact symptoms, job, work situation, or reaction to treatments. With that in mind, it is no wonder you are confused about which listing you should apply under.
The first step in understanding how to apply is to determine what your symptoms are. By writing these down, you will have a clearer idea of which listing you meet, and how to fill out your application.
Symptoms of a Schizoaffective Disorder
The following are some of the most common symptoms of mood disorders that are considered disabling by the SSA. These are the symptoms that stand in the way of you performing your job to the best of your abilities.
- Disorganized communication
- Rapid speech that is difficult for others to understand
- Extreme paranoia where you worry others might try to hurt you
- Delusions of special messages hidden in various places
- Difficulty focusing or remembering important details
- Severe mood swings
- Trouble sleeping or concentrating on a regular basis
Applying for Social Security disability insurance in New England is a tedious process. It is one that many people struggle with. Don’t forget that if you get denied the first time, you are not alone. Working with a lawyer can minimize your risk of being denied and help you get the benefits you need on your application.
We encourage you to read our book, The Five Most Frequently Asked Questions about Social Security Disability, to help guide you during the application process even further. If you need any extra help, we are always available to answer questions and work with you to help you get the benefits you deserve.