In TV shows and movies, people with obsessive-compulsive disorder are portrayed as merely “quirky” or “neat freaks.” In reality, the neuroses of OCD cause significant psychological and physiological stress. Working can be a nerve-wracking and draining ordeal. Merely leaving the house or driving to work can take a toll.
If you cannot earn a living because of compulsive behaviors, obsessive thoughts or paralyzing phobias, you may be able to collect Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
OCD sufferers may obsess about germs, messes or unsafe situations; superstitions or imagined disasters; recurring thoughts of sex, violence or self-harm; perceived immorality; or simply anything that is asymmetrical or out of place.
These fears and thoughts manifest as compulsions and anxieties, including checking and rechecking (door locks, stoves, etc.), excessive hand-washing or housecleaning, constantly ordering, arranging or smoothing, counting, tapping or chanting, superstitious avoidance (e.g., sidewalk cracks), superstitious repetitions (e.g., do everything three times), hoarding or excessive worrying.
Some people with OCD are able to hold a job, keeping their obsessions or compulsions in check. But many cannot function in a work setting, even with professional help.
We are familiar with the listed criteria for an OCD disability, the medical-vocational guidelines and other details that may work for or against you. Our attorneys work with clients to document the specific obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors that make employment impossible. Because successful claims hinge largely on medical records, we work to establish an ongoing narrative of psychotherapy, medications and other treatments that have been tried.
Contact us online or call 215-385-5353 or 215-323-5320 to arrange a free initial consultation about SSD or SSI claims for obsessive-compulsive disorder with our attorney. We take all cases on a contingency basis, so we collect no attorney fees unless we win your benefits.