What types of functional limitations must I show in order to get disability benefits for my somatoform disorder?

Few things are as frightening as living with pain or other physical symptoms that have no discernable cause and cannot be adequately treated or cured. Unfortunately, people suffering from somatoform disorders must live with this reality on a daily basis. The good news, however, is that the Social Security Administration recognizes somatoform disorders as an impairment. This means that victims may be eligible for disability benefits as a result of their condition.

4 Types of Functional Limitations for Disability Benefits Due to Somatoform Disorders

In order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must show that your symptoms create sufficient functional limitations on your life. Specifically, you must demonstrate at least two of the following:

  1. You are severely restricted in the things that you do every day. For example, you may be unable to go to the store or drive a car.
  2. You find it extremely difficult to get along with other people.
  3. You find it extremely difficult to complete tasks within a reasonable time period.
  4. You experience at least three episodes per year where your symptoms get significantly worse. Each of these episodes lasts for at least two weeks at a time.

Providing the proper medical documentation to prove these limitations is a crucial aspect of obtaining benefits. It is therefore important for sufferers to seek assistance from their medical team as well as their attorney.

Mental illnesses can cause disabilities that are just as severe as physical conditions. Somatoform disorders are one such example. We can help you obtain the benefits you deserve. 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