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Schizophrenia is the most common psychotic condition

Schizophrenia is the most common psychotic condition and can occur at any age, although it generally becomes evident in adolescence and young adulthood, peaking at age 45. Paranoid schizophrenia tends to be more common in men, and symptoms tend to be more severe (although women do suffer from this condition and may have more severe symptoms during their woman's menstrual cycle when estrogen levels are low).

Schizophrenia has no cultural barriers and sufferers range in intelligence levels. Some studies have revealed that a higher than expected number of people who develop schizophrenia were intellectually gifted children. People with schizophrenia are eight times more likely to be in the lowest socioeconomic groups, although scientists note this is more likely a result of the condition rather than a cause. Lower income individuals also lack sufficient resources to treat the condition and may not receive a good diagnosis, leading to more severe symptoms.

Other factors which contribute to schizophrenia

Other factors which may contribute to schizophrenia include prenatal malnutrition and the lack of Folate in a mother’s diet. Scientists also note there must be a neurological pattern for schizophrenia because a large number of sufferers are left-handed or mixed-handed.

Other common traits of schizophrenic patients include obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), which according to WebMD, “is marked by obsessions (recurrent or persistent mental images, thoughts, or ideas) that may result in compulsive behaviors, repetitive, rigid, and self-prescribed routines that are intended to prevent the manifestation of the obsession.” Other sufferers had problems in their childhood including excessive shyness, and motor-control issues. Finally, the chance of developing schizophrenia increases if the father is older when the child is born. Scientists believe older fathers are more likely to pass on mutations in their sperm.

Schizophrenia and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

If you suffer from schizophrenia you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance. There are nonmedical requirements which must be met to qualify for SSDI. For instance, your condition must be expected to last for at least 12 continuous months, you must have worked and earned sufficient work credits to qualify for SSDI and you cannot be working or making too much money when you apply for benefits.

To find out if your condition is severe enough to qualify for SSDI you can review the SSA listing of impairments under the 12.00 Mental Disorders. In this section it will tell you the conditions and their corresponding symptoms which you must have to be considered automatically disabled. Having schizophrenia may not be sufficient to win benefits. You must also prove that you have the symptoms listed and you are unable to work.

The SSA will expect that you have received treatment for your condition and you are following the medical advice of your treating physician. If you have not received treatment for your condition the SSA can deny you benefits, arguing that if you were receiving treatment you might be able to maintain employment. Talk to a lawyer if you have questions about winning SSDI.
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