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Definition of Episodes of Decompensation

Episodes of decompensation are periods in which a mental health patient's mental state deteriorates to such a degree that they cannot function or work. Episodes of decompensation is just one area in which mental health claimants will be evaluated. Other areas can include understanding and memory, sustained concentration and persistence, social interaction and adaptation.

Episodes of decompensation must be medically documented, and the information should be submitted with the disability application. This means all episodes should be properly documented, and mental health patients should be getting medical care for their condition from their own mental health doctor.

Keep in mind, to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for a mental health condition, the claimant must experience repeated episodes of decompensation for an extended duration. These episodes must also be severe enough to negatively impact the claimant's ability to perform normal daily activities.

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