Birmingham AL Disability Lawyer Schizophrenia  Listing 12.03

In many of our Social Security Blogs we have discussed various Listings found in the Code of Federal Regulations which spell out in some specifics what symptoms a person applying for disability must exhibit in order to obtain disability benefits for certain impairments. Over the next few blog entries, we thought we would list specific listings word for word for you to review. We hope this is beneficial to you.

The first impairment we will list is found in Listing 12.03: Schizophrenic, Paranoid and Other Psychotic Disorders.

Listing 12.03: Schizophrenic, Paranoid and Other Psychotic Disorders. Characterized by the onset of psychotic features with deterioration from a previous level of functioning.

The required level of severity for these disorders is met when the requirements in both A and B are satisfied, or when the requirements in C are satisfied.

A. Medically documented persistence, either continuous or intermittent, of one or more of the following:

1. Delusions or hallucinations; or

2. Catatonic or other grossly disorganized behavior; or

3. Incoherence, loosening of associations, illogical thinking, or poverty of content of speech if associated with one of the following:

a. Blunt affect; or

b. Flat affect; or

c. Inappropriate affect;


4. Emotional withdrawal and/or isolation;


B. Resulting in at least two of the following:

1. Marked restriction of activities of daily living; or

2. Marked difficulties in maintaining social functionaing; or

3. Marked difficulties in maintaining concentration, persistence, or pace; or

4. repeated episodes of decompensation, each of extended duration;


C. Medically documented history of a chronic schizophrenic, paranoid, or other psychotic disorder of at lest 2 years' duration that has caused more than minimal limitation of ability to do basic work activity with symptoms or signs currently attenuated by medication or psychosocial support, and one of the following:

1. Repeated episodes of decompensation, each of extended duration; or

2. A residual disease process that has resulted in such marginal adjustment that even a minimal increase in mental demands or change in the environment would be predicted to cause the individual to decompensate; or

3. Current history of 1 or more years' inability to function outside a highly supportive living arrangement with an indication of continued need for such an arrangement.

If you or someone you care about lives in the metro Birmingham area* and have been denied disability benefits for schizophrenia, but you believe you are unable to hold down sustained employment, don't give us, call an experienced Birmingham Disability Lawyer. Contact Powell and Denny

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Birmingham AL Disability Lawyer Schizophrenia Psychotic Disorders Listing 12.03