Q I recently learned that I have schizophrenia. My boss said I can no longer do my job and suggested that I apply for SSDI. Can schizophrenia keep me from getting a job?
Schizophrenia is a lifelong psychological disorder that generally manifests in early adulthood. The symptoms of schizophrenia vary from person to person, but can include:
- Odd ways of speaking
- Strange behavior
- Lack of emotional expression
- Disorganized behavior
- Loss of interest in everyday activities
- Difficulties with cognitive function, including problems with memory, thought, and speech
Some symptoms can make it difficult to keep a job because they make employers, co-workers and customers uncomfortable. Other symptoms, such as loss of memory, can make it difficult to do a job effectively, even if you did that job for many years before the onset of your schizophrenia. Paranoia, delusions, and hallucinations can sometimes make it very difficult, if not impossible, for a person with schizophrenia to function in the outside world.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a benefit that is administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). SSDI is available only when a person becomes disabled and is no longer able to work for pay. SSDI is available for those with physical or mental disabilities.
If you are suffering from schizophrenia and have lost your job or you’re experiencing difficulty finding a job because of your symptoms, you might qualify for SSDI for schizophrenia. However, the application process can be overwhelming. Don’t despair. Help is available. The Social Security disability attorneys at Keefe Disability Law can help you with the SSDI application process. To learn more, contact Keefe Disability Law at 888-904-6847 and ask to schedule a free consultation.