Is borderline personality considered a disability?
IS BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER CONSIDERED A DISABILITY?
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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a personality disorder which typically involves unusual levels of instability in moods which can cause chaotic and unstable interpersonal relationships, self-image, identity, and behavior. The Social Security Administration will evaluate a mental health disorder in 2 ways.
1) Does it meet a listing outlined in the Social Security Administration's Listing of Impairments (informally known as the blue book). If your condition meets a listing you will be considered automatically disabled (as long as you meet the other requirements). The Social Security Administration does not have a specific listing for this disorder, but it may be evaluated using the criteria listed under 12.08 Personality Disorders which will analzye a claimant on the following:
1. Seclusiveness or autistic thinking; or
2. Pathologically inappropriate suspiciousness or hostility; or
3. Oddities of thought, perception, speech and behavior; or
4. Persistent disturbances of mood or affect; or
5. Pathological dependence, passivity, or aggressivity; or
6. Intense and unstable interpersonal relationships and impulsive and damaging behavior;
B. Resulting in at least two of the following:
1. Marked restriction of activities of daily living; or
2. Marked difficulties in maintaining social functioning; or
3. Marked difficulties in maintaining concentration, persistence, or pace; or
4. Repeated episodes of decompensation, each of extended duration.
2) If your personality disorder does not meet or exceed the listing as specified above, you may still qualify for benefits if you can prove your condition is so severe that it does not allow you to maintain employment. Evidence to support your case must exist in your medical records and may include visits to a mental health care provider, evidence of continuous use of medication to control your condition and hospitalizations when necessary.
Last edited by Disability Advocate; 04-01-2011 at 09:18 AM.