How to Get Social Security Disability for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Richmond, Virginia


If Obsessions and Compulsions are Running Your Life, You May Qualify for Social Security Disability for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder


Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental illness characterized by intrusive thoughts, fears, and worries (obsessions) and a set of repeated behaviors (compulsions) meant to control or reduce the worry and stress.


Common obsessions include fear of dirt or germs or thoughts of harming oneself. And common compulsions include constant checking (such as locks on doors, the knobs on stoves, or water faucets), frequent hand washing, and counting or saying the same words over and over.


For example, many people with OCD have an obsession with cleanliness. Someone with this obsession will think about germs over and over. For example, they may spend hours each day thinking about how many germs are on each object that comes within their sight. To deal with this obsession, the person may wash his or her hands repeatedly. This ritual of washing the hands is used to treat the anxiety caused by the obsessive thoughts about germs. But when the thoughts return, which is often soon, the person will need to perform the behavior again.


Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder can cause you to leave the work station to wash your hands repeatedly, avoid touching objects necessary to complete your job duties, refuse to interact with others which makes many jobs difficult to do, and even make mistakes on the job because you’re thinking about nothing but the obsession. As a result, you may have difficulty maintaining employment because of symptoms related to your Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.


People with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder may also suffer from major depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, or a tic disorder. An experienced disability lawyer will consider all of a client’s mental disorders or physical impairments to help the client get Social Security disability in Virginia.


Social Security Disability Benefits and OCD


If you are under the care of a medical provider, psychiatrist, or psychologist for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and your health condition makes you unable to work, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.


If you have questions about applying for SSD benefits or your SSD claim has been denied and you need help with a Social Security appeal, call Richmond disability attorney Corey Pollard for a free consultation. We have the experience and knowledge to take care of the paperwork necessary to navigate the Social Security Disability Application process, to represent you at a Social Security disability hearing, and to help you get the benefits you deserve. Call 804-251-1620 for your free case review.


Other Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders that May Qualify for SSD


There are different types of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders. They are similar in that they involve frequent worries, thoughts, and fears that distract and stress the people who have them and ritualistic behaviors to try to control the anxiety.


Similar medical treatment is used for all these disorders. The goal is to relieve the obsessions and compulsions or to reduce their frequency. Usually treatment for OCD involves learning relaxation techniques, taking antidepressants, and undergoing cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT). CBT teaches people with OCD to cope with their stress and manage their compulsions.


The other types of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders are:


Body Dysmorphic Disorder


People with body dysmorphic disorder are obsessed and focused on what they consider flaws or defects in their looks. They believe that these flaws make them ugly or deformed. Other people, however, either don’t see the flaws or think they are minor.


People with body dysmorphic disorder have difficulty stopping or controlling their negative thoughts about the body part focused on. These obsessions about appearance can cause people with body dysmorphic disorder extreme stress that can last hours, or even days, at a time. In addition to spending hours focused on the body part they believe is flawed, people with body dysmorphic disorder may undergo repeated plastic surgery.


Body dysmorphic disorder can cause low self-esteem, depression, social anxiety disorder, and agoraphobia. The symptoms from these mental illnesses can make it difficult to interact with others and maintain a full-time job.


Hoarding Disorder


Hoarding disorder affects 2 percent to 6 percent of the U.S. population. Hoarding, which is characterized by problems throwing away or giving up possessions or objects, regardless of whether the possession has any use or value, is often found in conjunction with major depression, social anxiety, and generalized anxiety disorder.


The most common items that people hoard are books, newspapers, clothing, junk mail, and bags. But any item can be hoarded.


Hair-Pulling Disorder


People with hair-pulling disorder may pull the hair from their eyelashes, eyebrows, scalp, or any place where hair grows on the body. This hair-pulling can lead to long-lasting damage to the hair and gastrointestinal issues (anemia, stomach pain, bowel blockage, bowel tears) if the hair is swallowed.


Many people with hair-pulling disorder have difficulty in social situations and in interacting with others due to shame related to their hair pulling.


Skin-Picking Disorder


People with skin-picking disorder will pick and scratch their skin for at least 1 hour per day. Because of the amount of time spent picking the face, hands, arms, legs, and elsewhere on the body, people with skin-picking disorder may be late to work or social functions, or even not show up to work. This behavior can cause difficulty staying employed and may entitle the sufferer to Social Security disability benefits.


Your Social Security Disability Lawyer for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders


Those of you with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder that causes fears, worries, thoughts, and repeated behaviors that make it difficult to concentrate, focus, and interact with others, may qualify for Social Security disability benefits for OCD. If your obsessions and compulsions are ruling your life, disability attorney Corey Pollard can help you get the SSDI benefits and SSI you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation. We represent disabled adults in Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover, Fredericksburg, Petersburg, Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach. And we want to help you get approved for Social Security disability for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.