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Mental Disorder

  • Published: April 18, 2012

Ocala Social Security disability claimants frequently name mental disorders as a reason why they cannot work. Not only are mental disorders mentioned as a primary disability, many physical impairment cases include hidden psychological issues. This is because chronic physical impairments often can take a psychological toll. Can you still do unskilled work? Even if you suffer from a mental disorder, chances are that you will be denied Social Security disability benefits if you are able to perform unskilled work, unless you also have physical impairments. This is because the Social Security Administration can point to many jobs that require only unskilled work. However, if you have a marked impairment in any of the abilities required for unskilled work you may…Read More

  • Published: March 7, 2012

Social Security disability claimants under the age of 50 typically must prove that they are incapable of performing most sedentary jobs. Mental and emotional problems, either alone or in conjunction with physical limitations, may severely restrict the sedentary jobs a claimant is capable of handling. Sedentary jobs are the least physically strenuous types of work.  But they still require some ability to sit, stand, lift, carry, and manipulate objects.  As discussed in previous posts, significant limitations in these areas may lead to a finding of disabled. In addition to physical abilities, all jobs, even sedentary jobs required certain mental abilities.  To be capable of performing any competitive, paid work, an individual must be able to: Respond appropriately to supervisors, co-workers,…Read More

  • Published: December 22, 2011

If you apply for Social Security disability benefits because of a mental impairment, the Social Security Administration will evaluate your mental “residual functional capacity” (RFC). Mental RFC is your ability to perform basic work-related activities, despite the limitations caused by your mental impairment. If you have experienced a significant loss of ability to perform basic work-related, mental activities, you may qualify for disability benefits. To be capable of performing paid unskilled work, you need to be able to: • Understand, remember, and follow simple instructions. • Make simple work-related decisions. • Respond appropriately to supervisors and co-workers, typical work situations; and changes in the work routine. Your claim for disability benefits may have been denied erroneously because the SSA incorrectly…Read More