While most people have learned to adapt to society and maintain jobs and careers, there are some people who are unable to function in certain situations. These people have what is called personality disorders. These disorders affect the way these people interact with other people, including in both casual and work environments.
What are Personality Disorders?
Personality disorders are constant thoughts and behaviors that negatively affect the ability of a person to create and maintain relationships, both personal and professional. These types of thoughts and behaviors also make it difficult for those suffering from these disorders to deal with everyday issues and the stress of living in society.
Antisocial Personality Disorder is a destructive disorder that deals with the person’s regard for what is right and what is 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. What makes this disorder stand out is that the person does not feel remorse for their actions.
Borderline Personality Disorder and Histrionic Personality Disorder are similar in that both conditions involve negative self-image of the person. Those suffering from these disorders have frequent mood swings and engage in behavior that is impulsive and risky in order to gain attention or approval of those around them.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder is somewhat the opposite of the borderline and histrionic disorders. Instead of seeking the approval of those around them, those with this disorder seek adoration based on an inflated sense of self and a belief that they are better than those around them.
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 are dismissed as being 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.
Determining SSDI Eligibility
The Social Security Administration views eligibility under personality disorders as those instances that are typical rather than rare and instances of significant impairment rather than discrete episodes. These regular instances would seriously affect the person’s ability to function in a social or work environment.
It is important that anyone suffering from a severe personality disorder have medical documentation to support their application for Social Security Disability benefits. It can be a difficult process that spans months or 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 case once the application has been submitted.
While it seems that these disorders can be managed easily, severe sufferers of these 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 without having medical documentation and, in many instances, an attorney to assist with the application and interview process.
To discuss SSD and SSI claims or appeals, please call (215) 464-7200 or contact the attorneys of Chermol & Fishman, LLC. The initial consultation is free, and we never charge a fee until we win your case.