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4 Ways Mental Illness is Assessed in a New York Social Security Disability Case


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5/20/2011
Frank J. Dito, Jr.
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If you have been diagnosed with a mental disorder you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. You should immediately consult with a Brooklyn Social Security disability lawyer who can help determine your eligibility.

There are 4 ways a mental disorder is assessed in a New York Social Security disability case: 

  • Activities of daily living - whether you are able to competently handle activities such as shopping, cleaning, personal grooming and hygiene.
  • Social functioning - the ability to appropriately and effectively interact with family, friends, neighbors and others with whom you come into contact.
  • Concentration, pace or persistence - do you have the ability to sustain focused concentration and attention for work-related tasks.
  • Episodes of decomposition - in other words, the inability to maintain defense mechanisms in response to stress which then require increased treatment or removal from the situation.  


Category: Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits


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