Appealing the denial of disability benefits for Psychosis
If you are suffering from Psychosis you may qualify for disability benefits, if you have been denied benefits you should consider appealing the decision.
Author Attorney Lloyd Bemis:
Psychosis is a symptom defined by impaired thought and emotions leading to loss of touch with reality in the form of hallucinations or delusions. Actual psychosis differs greatly from what is seen in popular culture.
Psychosis is more likely to result in catatonia than violence. People suffering from psychosis exhibit disorganized, erratic behavior. They often suffer from severe stress, depression and anxiety. Psychosis is surprisingly common with 3% of individuals experiencing a psychotic episode in their lifetime.
One major symptom of psychosis is hallucinations- hearing or seeing things that aren’t there.
Having a hallucination or witnessing someone experience one can be very disconcerting and is a sign that help should be sought, especially if the hallucinations are recurring. Delusions are also a characteristic of psychosis. Common delusions include grandeur (believing they have some sort of special power), paranoia (believing people are out to get them), and somatic delusion (believing they are seriously ill or injured when they are healthy).
The cause of psychosis is not well understood.
Genetics seem to play a major role as individuals who have family member with psychosis are more likely to suffer from it themselves. Severe stress or anxiety can lead to psychosis. Sleep deprivations mimics psychosis so closely that it is used by researchers to study the condition. Alcohol and drug use can also lead to psychosis in two ways- chronic substance abuse can gradually erode the mind or a large dose can cause an acute psychotic episode. Traumatic events can lead to one of the most common forms of psychosis – brief reactive psychosis. In brief reactive psychosis, the sufferer eventually returns to their normal selves after the source of stress has been removed or accepted and after given substantial time to heal.
Psychosis is not a disease in and of itself so much as a symptom of underlying mental disorders.
People may have mental conditions they may be unaware of until a traumatic event, intense stress, lack of sleep, or drug use exacerbates their condition into a psychotic episode. Treatment of psychosis begins with treatment of the root cause. In cases where a psychotic episode is so extreme that it could potentially lead to injury, tranquilizers are used to incapacitate the patient. In less dramatic scenarios, anti-psychotic drugs are used to regulate dopamine production for healthier brain chemistry.
If you have been denied disability for Psychosis you may still qualify for benefits. Contact an experienced Social Security disability attorney to appeal your claim at 512-454-4000
Psychosis is a serious symptom.
It is easy to see how being out of touch with reality would make it difficult or impossible to hold down a steady job. One of the early warning signs of psychosis is a drop in performance at work or school. Individuals suffering from psychosis may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance or Long Term Disability benefits. Psychotic disorders are lumped together under a single heading in Social Security’s Listing of Impairments (or “blue book”).
It can be difficult to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance with a mental health condition. Social Security tends to favor conditions that are physically obvious and objectively measurable. Social Security also rejects the majority of applications it receives. If you or someone you know is applying for benefits with a mental health condition, it may be worth considering hiring representation to increase your chances of success. The attorneys at Bemis, Roach and Reed service central Texas including Austin, Dallas and Houston. Contact us today for a free consultation. Call 512-454-4000 and get help NOW.
Author: Attorney Lloyd Bemis has been practicing law for over 35 years. He is Superlawyers rated by Thomson Reuters and is Top AV Preeminent® and Client Champion Gold rated by Martindale Hubbell. Through his extensive litigation Mr. Bemis obtained dual board certifications from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Lloyd is admitted to practice in the United States District Court – all Texas Districts and has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. Mr. Bemis is a member of the Travis County Bar Association. He has been active in the American Association for Justice and is a past Director of the Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Bemis and all the members of Bemis, Roach & Reed have been active participants in the Travis County Lawyer referral service.
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