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Mental Impairments

One important aspect of qualifying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) is that you must seek treatment for your condition and you must follow your doctor’s orders. If you do not, your failure to do so can be grounds for denying you benefits. So, if you have a mental condition and […]

Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) benefits are not only for physical disabilities, illnesses or impairments. People can often get disability benefits due to debilitating mental or psychological conditions. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (known as “PTSD”) is one of them. PTSD—What it is. PTSD is a psychiatric anxiety disorder that can occur in […]

Understanding Intellectual Disability from a Disability Attorney’s Perspective By Mike Wolter Attorney, Parmele Law Firm, P.C. An estimated 4.6 million Americans have some for of intellectual or developmental disability.   (http://www.thearc.org/page.aspx?pid=2448).  Intellectual disability requires limitation not just in intelligence level (your mental capacity as shown by testing such as IQ testing) but also your adaptive behavior. […]

Social Security Disability and Gun Ownership By James Pavisian, Attorney Parmele Law Firm, P.C. In 2016, President Obama signed an executive order allowing the Social Security Administration to share information with the FBI about individuals that are found disabled due to a mental illness under Listing 12.00. Most conditions in Listing 12.00 require an individual […]

Social Security Disability Adaptation Limitations By Kathleen Overton, Attorney Parmele Law Firm, P.C. Effective January 17, 2017, the Social Security Administration changed the listing requirements for mental disorders. While the changes are many, one interesting change is in regard to a Social Security disability claimant’s limitations in the ability to adapt. While the “B criteria” […]

Social Security Disability and Neurodevelopmental Disorders By Ashley Baine, Attorney Parmele Law Firm, P.C. Neurodevelopmental disorders start during childhood or adolescence, but sometimes are not diagnosed until adulthood. Examples of theses disorders are borderline intellectual functioning, a specific learning disorder and tic disorders such as Tourette syndrome. Typical symptoms are deficits in learning and applying […]

By Kathleen Overton, Attorney Parmele Law Firm, P.C. Mental health impairments can be difficult to prove. Unlike some physical impairments, the judge isn’t able to see a mental disability. There is no x-ray or MRI that can show how severe the disability has become. Rather, judges and lawyers rely heavily on the treatment notes from […]

By Kathleen Overton, Attorney Parmele Law Firm, P.C. Evidence—medical and otherwise—is crucial in a social security disability claim. However, the Social Security Administration, although less formal than a typical court proceeding, does have some rules and regulations regarding the submission of evidence. Generally, there are two periods of time when evidence can, and should, be […]

By Kathleen Overton, Attorney Parmele Law Firm, P.C. When clients come into my office at Parmele Law Firm in Liberty, MO, I often hear that they already know that they will not get approved for social security disability because they are too young. Though they are correct that age is a consideration in evaluating a […]

By Kathleen Overton, Attorney Parmele Law Firm, P.C. After waiting years to finally get a day in court regarding your social security disability status, it can be tempting to exaggerate your symptoms to impress upon the ALJ the severity of your condition. However, this strategy can often backfire and lead to an unfavorable decision. It […]