People who suffer from pain and other physical symptoms with no identifiable cause are said to suffer from a somatoform disorder. Sadly, this condition often makes it very difficult to carry out activities of daily living, including working. Without the ability to work, victims often experience significant financial suffering. The Social Security Administration does recognize somatoform disorders as impairments that are eligible for disability benefits.
Symptoms of Somatoform Disorder You Must Document to Qualify for Disability
In order to qualify for benefits under the disability listing, you must present sufficient medically-documented evidence. This evidence must show that you have experienced one of the following:
- Multiple physical symptoms that have lasted several years. To treat these symptoms, you must take medication frequently or be seen by a doctor regularly. The condition has significantly altered your life patterns. The symptoms of the condition began before you turned 30.
- You are suffering from an ongoing disturbance of vision, speech, hearing, use of an arm or leg, movement, or heightened or diminished sensations, and there is no physical cause.
- You are obsessed with thinking that you have a serious disease or injury. As a result, you are interpreting physical signs or sensations in an unrealistic or irrational manner.
If you are able to produce this evidence, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. The application process may seem overwhelming and stressful for those who have not applied in the past. Fortunately, we can help. Hiring an attorney to represent you through this process can maximize your chances for obtaining the benefits you deserve. We encourage you to contact us today for a free consultation at 888-904-6847.