Is Borderline Personality Disorder A Disability?
Personality disorders are constant thoughts and behaviors that negatively affect a person’s ability to create and maintain relationships. These types of symptoms also make it difficult for sufferers to deal with everyday issues. Living with such disorder becomes extremely painful.
Antisocial Personality Disorder is a destructive disorder that deals with a person’s regard for what is right and wrong. A person with this disorder will lie and manipulate others and typically has a history of repeatedly breaking the law. Someone with this personality disorder may become aggressive when challenged.
Borderline Personality Disorder and Histrionic Personality Disorder are similar in that both conditions involve a person’s negative self-image. People suffering from these disorders face frequent mood swings. They also engage in impulsive and risky behavior to gain the attention or approval of those around them.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder is somewhat the opposite of borderline and histrionic disorders. Dependent Personality Disorder is a disorder characterized by severe anxiety and a sense of immaturity of the person with the disorder.
Those suffering from this disorder are often misunderstood and dismissed as clingy and naïve to a fault. The fear of abandonment is sometimes debilitating for the person, and they tend to be highly sensitive to criticism.
Symptoms faced by BPD patients
The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers borderline personality as a mental health disorder. However, to get a BPD disability, you must have evidence that you are suffering from it. You must have certain symptoms to prove that the condition is affecting your daily life.
The condition is characterized by emotional instability and change in behaviors. Some individuals suffering from this personality disorder disability even experience difficulty in controlling their emotions.
Here are the symptoms of BPD disability. You must experience these symptoms to be eligible for the disability benefits for borderline personality disorder.
- Frequent mood swings
- Sudden change in interest
- Sudden change in values
- Instability in relationships
- Experiencing instability in emotions and unable to control them
- Fearing being abandoned
- Being impulsive
- Intense anger
- Experiencing everything in extremes, either feeling too good or too bad
- Short episodes of anxiety
- Short episodes of depression
The applicants suffering from BPD and disability often experience other mental health conditions. In most cases, the symptoms overlap with other mental disorders, including depression, bipolar disorders, anxiety, or eating disorders.
Can you get disability for Borderline Personality Disorder?
You can get the disability benefits if you meet the eligibility requirements. You can either apply for SSDI/ SSI for BPD. You must have proof and medical evidence showing that you have a bipolar personality disorder and the symptoms to get the benefits.
You can get disability benefits through these two ways:
Meet the medical listing – If you have been diagnosed with this disorder, you must meet the medical criteria conditions mentioned in the Blue Book. You may be eligible for disability benefits if you are meeting the conditions mentioned in the Blue Book.
Unable to work – The second way to get approved for disability benefits is by showing that you are unable to work. You must have proof and evidence in favor of your disability due to your medical condition. The Social Security Administration will then access your Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) to evaluate this. They will look at different factors such as age, education, job experience, and work history to evaluate it.
Medical evidence required for Bipolar Personality Disorder disability
Medical records and medical evidence play a crucial role in getting approval for the disability. Be it any personality disability; you must have complete medical evidence to prove that your condition hinders your work ability. You must consult a certified psychiatrist or psychologist. You must have reported findings from the medical professional stating that your situation is affected by personality disorder.
Here are the medical evidence and records that you must have before you commence your disability application:
- Psychological testing.
- The mental status examination report.
- Neuropsychological testing.
- Personality measures testing.
Gather these documents before you commence the application. You can get in touch with a lawyer to determine all the essential records and medical evidence required for the application.
Determining SSDI Eligibility
The Social Security Administration views eligibility under personality disorders very strictly. Anyone with a severe personality disorder must have medical documentation to support their Social Security Disability benefits application.
It can be a complicated process. This time duration can vary from months to years. But proper documentation can help the applicant move their case forward. It is also recommended that the applicant hire an experienced Social Security attorney to help with their issue once the application has been submitted.
Many people think that these disorders can be managed easily. But this is merely a myth. Some patients with personality disorders find it difficult to maintain healthy relationships and steady employment. However, it is difficult to establish a Social Security Disability case for personality disorders.
Especially when you don’t have any medical documentation to show your disability. It is better to know about disability law, eligibility criteria for your ailment, etc. before filing a claim.
To discuss SSD and SSI claims or appeals, please call (215) 464-7200 or contact Chermol & Fishman, LLC. The initial consultation is free, and we never charge a fee until we win your case.