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Social security disease: What's a neurocognitive disorder?

According to the United States Social Security Administration, in order for individuals to receive permanent disability benefits, they must have a disabling condition. Certain disabling conditions are already codified and classified by the SSA in a long list of qualifying diseases. The classification "cognitive disorders," for example, has been defined by the SSA for this purpose.

A cognitive disorder relates to a clinically significant reduction of cognitive ability. The symptoms of this condition could relate to memory disturbances and executive functioning problems related to higher mind functions. Specific problems may relate to lack of attention, inability to plan, decision-making problems, visual-spatial reasoning issues, language and speech decline, loss of perception, loss of insight, lack of judgment and not being sensitive to social standards.

Examples of qualifying disorders that fall under the neurocognitive disorder category include: vascular dementia, Alzheimer's disease, dementia from a medical problem, HIV infection, brain tumors, Parkinson's disease, traumatic brain injury, substance-related cognitive disorders, Huntington disease, multiple sclerosis, neurological disease and more.

In many cases of a denied Social Security benefits application, the denial happens merely because an individual has yet to receive the appropriate disease diagnosis that will qualify him or her to receive benefits. As such, individuals may need to return to a specialist for evaluation to determine whether or not their symptoms are sufficient proof of a qualifying disease, and then have this physician draft a formal diagnosis opinion.

If you've been having trouble getting qualified to receive Social Security benefits for a cognitive deficiency, you may want to consult with an experienced Social Security disability lawyer, who can help you get the benefits you deserve.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Disability Evaluation Under Social Security: 12.00 Mental Disorders - Adult," accessed Oct. 06, 2017

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