Other DSM-5 Disorders That May Qualify for Benefits

Our Portland Social Security Disability lawyer Richard A. Sly is dedicated helping people with DSM-5 disorders secure the disability benefits they need and deserve.

Our Portland Social Security Disability lawyer Richard A. Sly is dedicated helping people with DSM-5 disorders secure the disability benefits they need and deserve.

DSM-5 disorders are mental health impairments that are explained in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), an extensive professional text maintained by the American Psychiatric Association and used by mental health professionals when diagnosing certain mental health conditions. The conditions referred to as DSM-5 disorders are generally very serious mental health disorders that impair affected individuals’ abilities to: 

  • Think clearly and rationally
  • Control their emotions
  • Communicate (either verbally or nonverbally)
  • Maintain social relationships.

Since these abilities are essential to being employed, individuals living with DSM-5 disorders often have a difficult time getting and keeping a job, which, in turn, can make them unable to support themselves financially.

When people with DSM-5 disorders are unable to work, they will likely be entitled to federal disability benefits. However, obtaining these benefits is almost never easy or straightforward; therefore, it’s crucial that these individuals and their families work with an experienced lawyer who is highly knowledgeable when it comes to Social Security law and the necessary steps to take to getting disability benefits.

At the Law Firm of Richard A. Sly, our seasoned legal professionals have more than three decades of experience successfully handling disability claims, and we are committed to doing whatever it takes to help our clients with DSM-5 disorders obtain the benefits to which they are entitled.

Types of DSM-5 Disorders

Some of the specific types of DSM-5 disorders that are generally considered to be qualifying disorders for Social Security Disability benefits include (but are not limited to):

  • Asperger’s syndrome
  • Autism
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Personality disorders, such as antisocial personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Depressive disorders.

Qualifying for Disability Benefits for DSM-5 Disorders

Although the specific qualifications for obtaining Social Security Disability benefits for DSM-5 disorders will depend on the specific type of mental health condition a person has, in general, an individual who is applying for these benefits will likely have to prove to the Social Security Administration that:

  • He does, in fact, have the condition in question, and this proof must come in the form of official medical documentation.
  • His condition is severe enough to prevent him from being able to work.
  • His condition has persisted for some period of time.

Portland Social Security Disability and SSI Lawyer at the Law Firm of Richard A. Sly

If you are no longer able to earn a living because of a DSM-5 disorder or some other type of medical condition, our Portland Social Security Disability and SSI lawyer Richard A. Sly is here to help you navigate the Social Security process, aggressively advocate your rights and ultimately help you secure the federal disability benefits you need and deserve.

For more than 30 years, Richard A. Sly has been committed to helping his clients obtain the maximum possible disability benefits. While he is skilled at building his clients the strongest possible cases so that they have optimal chances of securing benefits the first time they present their case, he also has a proven track record of success when it comes to handling denials or appeals.

To discuss your case for free and get your claim started at no cost, call us toll free at 503-224-0436 or email us using the form on the upper right side of this page. We offer free initial consultations, are conveniently located in downtown Portland near public transportation, and serve clients throughout the states of Washington and Oregon.