Friday, October 12, 2007

OCD Social Security Disability SSI - Applying for Disability

OCD, or obsessive compulsive disorder, is addressed in the social Security administration's impairment listing manual. The condition is not given its own specific listing with its own specific approval criteria, but, instead, is included as a part of listing 12.06, Anxiety-related disorder. By the wording of the listing's preamble, SSA views OCD as a condition in which anxiety is experienced as a result of attempting to master obsessive compulsive disorder symptomology (i.e. trying to resist obsessive or compulsive urges).

To meet the requirements of the Anxiety-related disorders listing as it relates to Obsessive compulsive disorder, an individual who applies for disability benefits (in either the social security disability or SSI program) must, in their medical record documentation, be able to demonstrate a history of recurrent obessions or compulsions and these obsessions or compulsions must be shown to cause marked level stress.

Additionally, a claimant's psychiatric records must show either that the claimant cannot function independently outside their home or has profound difficulties in at least two of the four following areas:

1. Activities of daily living (there must be marked restrictions).

2. Social functioning (there must be marked difficulties).

3. Concentration, persistence or pace (there must be marked difficulties).

4. Repeated extended duration episodes of decompensation.

Obviously, to qualify for SSD or SSI on the basis of OCD, a claimant will need to present a substantial and well documented history of treatment provided by a mental health professional (psychiatrist). Can individuals with OCD receive disability benefits if their records do not adequately satisfy the requirements of the anxiety-related disorders listing? Yes, it is always possible to receive an approval in the form of a medical vocational allowance, which takes into account one's limitations, work skills, age, education, and ability or inability to perform past work or forms of other work.

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What follows is basic information on OCD:

Obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD is a compulsive anxiety disorder that is characterized by intrusive distressing thoughts and/or compulsive or ritualistic behaviors. Currently, most professionals agree that OCD is a biological abnormality of the brain rather than a psychological disorder.

Individuals with this disorder may have both obsessive thoughts and compulsions or just compulsions or thoughts.

What is an obsession? Obsession may be defined as a recurrent persistent thought or thoughts that cause the individual significant distress or anxiety. The thought or thoughts are not based on real life worries. Additionally, the OCD sufferer realizes the thought is not based in reality and tries to ignore, suppress, or replace the offending thought with good thoughts.

What is a compulsion? Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or mental acts that the affected individual performs in reaction to an obsession or rule that demands rigid adherence. Compulsive behaviors or rituals may be intended to avoid some type of
perceived dreaded situation, although these thoughts or rituals are not connected in any realistic way to what the individual is trying to avoid or prevent.

Obsessive compulsive disorder’s obsessions and/or compulsions are time consuming, often, for instance, taking more than one hour of the affected individual’s day.

OCD sufferers are aware the thoughts or compulsions are not rational, however they cannot avoid or prevent the thoughts or compulsions. It has been suggested that most obsessive compulsive sufferers are of an above average intelligence level due to the often complicated thought patterns involved with obsessive compulsive disorder.

Treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder usually involves behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, and medication or any combination of these treatments.

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