Schizophrenia and Disability Benefits
If you have schizophrenia, you may find it hard for you to work and keep a job. Depending on the specifics of your condition, you may be able to collect disability benefits.
– You can have hallucinations.
You may see, hear, feel or smell things that aren’t really there. You could also hear voices that tell you what to do or say negative things to you.
– You may have delusions.
You may think you’re someone that you’re not. You could also think that someone, such as the government, is trying to control you.
– You may have a hard time with thoughts and speech.
You may have a hard time organizing your own thoughts and your words could come out jumbled. You may also have difficulty following along when others talk to you.
– You may have trouble concentrating.
You may lose track of things that happen or have a hard time following along with a TV show or a movie.
– You may be jumpy or not move much at all.
Sometimes people with schizophrenia can be jumpy or they can sit perfectly still for long periods of time.
– You may withdraw from friends and family.
You may seem morose and have difficulty planning things with other people.
– You could struggle with daily life.
You could have problems taking care of yourself.
– You could lack follow-through.
You could have trouble finishing things that you start and staying on schedule. This could greatly affect your ability to work.
– You may have a hard time with your working memory.
It may be hard for you to keep track of multiple facts at the same time.
What steps do I need to take to apply for disability?
– You either need to not be able to work or match a listing in the Social Security Administration’s blue book.
In the blue book, schizophrenia is listed along with other mental disorders.
– You will need to provide documentation of your medical condition.
You need to provide documentation from a psychiatrist or other health care professional about how long your condition is expected to last. It should also include why this condition hinders your ability to have a successful career.
– You need to provide a variety of statements.
You should write a statement on why schizophrenia makes it difficult for you to work at and keep a job. You should also include statements from people close to you.
Contact us if you have any questions.