Alternative Ways to Qualify for Disability Benefits for Somatoform Disorder

When you suffer from a somatoform disorder, you experience pain and other physical symptoms that have no readily identifiable cause. The symptoms of this condition, including the stress and anxiety that often come along with it, can make it extremely difficult to carry out daily activities. This includes the ability to hold a job in order to support yourself and your family. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes this condition in its listing of impairments. Even if you do not meet the requirements of the listing, however, you may still be eligible for disability benefits.

Determining Mental Residual Functional Capacity for Somatoform Disorders

In order to determine whether you are eligible for disability benefits, the SSA will first decide what types of jobs, if any, you have the mental and emotional capability to handle. They will look at your medical records and prepare a report that outlines your ability to do the following:

  • Tolerate otherwise normal amounts of stress
  • Get along with your colleagues
  • Make relatively simple work related decisions
  • Interact with the public
  • Remember and following simple instructions
  • Be reliable
  • Be able to get your work done in a reasonable amount of time

Based on this report, you may qualify for disability benefits as a result of your somatoform disorder.

Since mental illnesses can cause disabilities that make it difficult or impossible to work, it is crucial to seek assistance through disability benefits. We are here to help. We encourage you to contact us today for a free consultation at 888-904-6847.

John L. Keefe
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Founding Attorney, Massachusetts Social Security Disability Lawyer
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