Personality Disorder and Receiving Social Security Disability
Personality disorder is a broad term that is used to refer to a type of mental illness where the way that you comprehend situations, relate to others and the ways in which you think are dysfunctional. As you might imagine, there are many different, specific kinds of personality disorders.
A personality disorder involves a rigid and potentially self-denigrating or self-destructive way of behaving and thinking regardless of what the situation is. This results in hampering your ability to carry out routine functions at school, social situations or work. Or, it brings about distress in your life.
You may or may not be conscious of the fact that you have a personality disorder. This is because the way that you think and act may seem natural to you. You may think that others are to blame for your circumstances.
Nearly 15% of adults in the United States have some kind of personality disorder. This means that over 30 million Americans have some type of personality disorder.
Researchers believe that personality disorders are caused by a combination of environmental and genetic influences in your life. Some research seems to indicate that a person may inherit a genetic vulnerability to having a personality disorder and that your life environment may be the trigger for developing it.
There are some risk factors that may increase your likelihood of having a personality disorder. These include:
Being diagnosed with childhood conduct disorder
Being a victim of physical, sexual or verbal abuse during your childhood
Losing your parents because of divorce or death during your childhood
Having a family history of mental illness or personality disorders
Having had a chaotic or unstable family life during your childhood.
Because there are so many different types of personality disorders, there are many different signs and symptoms that relate to each one. However, there are some general signs that may indicate that a personality disorder is present. These include:
Mistrust and suspicion of others
Poor impulse control
Substance or alcohol abuse
Mood swings that occur frequently
The need for instant gratification
Relationships that are stormy
Outbursts of anger
Having a problem making friends.
You or a loved one may have personality disorder. This disorder and/or complications resulting from or other conditions along with it may be why you or your loved one is disabled and cannot work.
Have you or your loved one applied for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by personality disorder and/or complications resulting from or other conditions along with it? Were you or your loved one denied?
If you appeal the denial by the Social Security Administration, consider this. People who are represented by a disability lawyer like the one at disabilitycasereview.com are approved more often than those without an attorney.