According to the American Psychological Association, catatonic schizophrenia is a relatively rare subtype of schizophrenia that is characterized by abnormal motor activity, specifically, motor immobility. WebMD includes not moving or talking, and staring at and ignoring others, as the typical symptoms. It should be obvious that a person afflicted with catatonic schizophrenia cannot work in any type of full time capacity.
We represent a 54 year old healthcare aide from Smithtown with catatonic schizophrenia. We provided the State agency with reports from three mental health providers who diagnosed the claimant with catatonic schizophrenia, and described why her condition precluded any type of sustainable employment. At the State agency’s request, we even provided a consultative examination from the claimant’s psychiatric nurse practitioner. Nonetheless, it still took over a year for the State agency to approve the claimant’s Social Security Disability (“SSD”) application.
While we applaud the SSD approval, we are disappointed that it took so long for the claimant to receive benefits with all of our prodding. Without our prodding, who knows how long our claimant’s case would have sat at the State agency. No doubt, the State agency will attribute the delay to the COVID pandemic.
Please don’t hesitate to call our office for a free phone consultation if you are thinking about applying for disability. We have offices located on Long Island in both Nassau and Suffolk counties.
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