If a mental health condition makes working impossible it may be time to apply for Social Security disability benefits. At Berger and Green, our Social Security Disability lawyers can help those suffering from a personality disorder in Pittsburgh receive the benefits they need while dealing with their condition.
Symptoms and Types of Personality Disorders
The term personality disorder can refer to several mental health disorders in which a person’s behaviors and emotional state are chronically different from societal expectations, causing potentially serious problems with work and relationships. There are many specific types of personality disorders. In general, personality disorders are conditions in which a person’s range of emotions, thought processes, and behaviors is not adaptable to a wide range of situations.
The symptoms of personality disorders may result in self-destructive tendencies or disruptions to everyday life. Mayo Clinic categorizes symptoms based on clusters of personality disorders, but some possible symptoms that could be affecting you include:
- Severely negative emotions
- Poor impulse control
- Poor self-image
- Paranoia and distrust
- Fears and phobias
A characteristic of a personality disorder that is negatively affecting your life is if your symptoms are causing chaos in your relationships in both personal and work settings. Because a personality disorder can make working extremely difficult, the Social Security Administration (SSA) allows some sufferers to receive SSD benefits.
What Are Qualifying Personality Disorders?
Specific types of personality disorders include:
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Dependent personality disorder
- Intermittent explosive disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
If you have been diagnosed with one of these conditions and your symptoms are impacting your ability to work and navigate your life, our Social Security Disability lawyers can evaluate your personality disorder case in Pittsburgh.
For a free legal consultation with a Personality Disorder lawyer serving Pittsburgh, call 412-661-1400
SSD Benefits and Personality Disorders
The SSA has strict requirements for those filing a claim. To be eligible for benefits your disability must be expected to keep you from working for a minimum of 12 months or will result in your death. We encourage you to apply as soon as you know that you are no longer able to work.
Depending on your situation, you may qualify for either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Factors impacting which fits your case include your work history and income level. Our attorneys can also go over the requirements with you if you aren’t sure what you qualify for.
Social Security Disability Insurance
When you pay into Social Security, you help fund this insurance coverage. Those who suffer disabilities, including personality disorders, can access this insurance coverage if they:
- Have a qualifying disabiliy
- Have a minimum of 20 work credits
- Paid into Social Security
- Cannot engage in substantial gainful activity
- Cannot do their job or perform similar work
- Have suffered from their condition for one year or will suffer for one year
You must provide proof of your work history, the severity of your condition, and other supporting evidence that shows you have been disabled by your disorder.
Supplemental Security Income
SSI is for those who don’t have enough recent work credits for an SSDI claim. To file an SSI claim, you will need to meet income requirements, which can vary by year.
Many factors can affect how your resources are viewed. For instance, Benefits.gov lists marital status as well as the resources of those in your household. The team at Berger and Green can help you understand what is required.
Pittsburgh Personality Disorder Lawyer Near Me 412-661-1400
How Our SSD Lawyers Help Your Personality Disorder Claim
When you call on us, our attorneys provide:
- Free initial case evaluations without hassle or commitment
- NO attorneys’ fees or costs unless we recover a settlement, benefits, or verdict in your case
- Easy-to-understand language in explaining your options and paperwork
- Evidence review and compilation for appealing a claim denial
- Support, compassion, and accessibility while helping you through the process
Suffering from a personality disorder can be debilitating. If your symptoms have prevented or are preventing you from working and receiving income, Berger and Green can put our experience with SSD to work on your case.
Get Help in Pittsburgh for a Personality Disorder Claim
If you have questions about your personality disorder claim for Social Security Disability or SSI, contact Berger and Green for a free evaluation of your case. When choosing an attorney for your Social Security Disability or SSI claim, choose an attorney with experience. Call Berger and Green for your free consultation today or contact us online. We can initiate your case in Allegheny County by phone or text.