Schizophrenia and Social Security

Schizophrenia is a psychiatric diagnosis used to describe a mental disorder that is characterized by abnormalities in a person’s perception or expression of reality. Most frequently, schizophrenia is seen as auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganized speech and thinking. These things result in significant social or occupational dysfunction. The onset of symptoms typically occurs during young adulthood. When schizophrenia is diagnosed, the diagnosis is based on the patient’s self-reported experiences and observed behavior. There is currently not a test that can be performed by a laboratory to determine if a person actually has schizophrenia.

When a person has been diagnosed as being schizophrenic, the mainstay of treatment is antipsychotic medication. This drug primarily suppresses dopamine activity. In addition, psychotherapy, social rehabilitation, and vocational rehabilitation are also very important.

While it is thought to affect cognition mainly, the disorder also contributes to other chronic behavioral and emotional problems. People that have schizophrenia are much more likely to have major depression, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse issues.

A person who has been clinically diagnosed with schizophrenia may have issues maintaining employment. To combat this, social security disability benefits are frequently available to individuals with schizophrenia. An individual with schizophrenia must be able to prove a variety of impairments in the four major functioning areas that are examined by any social security judge.

Contact an Indianapolis Social Security Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and been turned down for social security disability payments, contact the Indianapolis social security lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at 317-634-8565.