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August 8, 2022

If you suffer from a psychotic disorder — including a condition that causes delusions known as delusional disorder — it may be impossible to work and earn a living. In this blog post, the disability team at Watson and Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., discusses applying for disability benefits with a delusional disorder and what criteria must be met for a disability claim to be approved for one of these conditions. 

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Watson & Carroll’s Social Security Disability team can help you secure benefits needed  to support yourself. Chellsie Weber, our wildly successful and experienced disability attorney, and Abby Reid, our wonderful and thorough disability paralegal, can offer support and advice as it pertains to your disability and the benefits approval process. Remember, you’re more likely to have a successful disability claim with an attorney by your side. Call us today at 402-991-2100. You also can share your story here.

How to Medically Qualify For Disability Due to a Delusional Disorder

The Social Security Administration uses a medical guide, which is called the Blue Book. It includes medical conditions that are considered disabling, including specifications on the criteria needed to meet a disability claim to be approved. Section 12 of the Blue Book applies to mental disorders.It details which mental conditions qualify for disability benefits and under what circumstances. 

There are nine different categories of mental disorders listed. Each kind of disorder is evaluated using its own criteria set. For example, most delusional disorders are evaluated under the listing for schizophrenia, paranoia, and psychotic disorders. To qualify for disability benefits per this listing, you must show that you meet the criteria for that disorder or that the sum total of all your disabling conditions are equivalent to the listed criteria or they hinder you from engaging in gainful activity. 

What is the Blue Book Listing of Psychotic Disorders?

To qualify using the listing for psychotic disorders, you must provide medical documentation that shows that for two years or longer your condition has severely limited your ability to function in a work environment. You must have documentation that shows any change within your work environment would lead to further difficulty, and that you are incapable of living outside a supportive environment. 

You could qualify if you have one of the following conditions and you can show that it severely limits your functioning ability in a social or a work environment:

  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Catatonia
  • Disorganized behavior
  • Incoherence
  • Illogical thinking
  • Speech significantly affected by blunt effect, inappropriate affect, or flat affect
  • Isolation and emotional withdrawal

Your medical records are essential to the success of your claim as they must back up your claim and confirm the severity of your condition. 

Getting Your Claim Underway

If a delusional disorder is keeping you from working and it is affecting your daily life, you may be able to be approved for disability benefits. Enlist the help of a seasoned disability attorney. Call the offices of Watson and Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., to get your claim on track. 

About Watson & Carroll 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., is not a high-volume law firm that only speaks with clients when it is absolutely necessary. For us, it’s personal. Our team works closely with our clients and their loved ones – not only so that we understand their challenges and concerns, but so we can tailor our approach to address those factors, aggressively pursue results, and secure peace of mind. Whether it is a medical malpractice case or advocating for disability benefits, we work to protect our clients and make sure their rights are upheld. 

Our firm can help. Call 402-991-2100 or email contact@watsoncarroll.com. You also can fill out our confidential contact form.

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