Mental Disorders – Bipolar Disorder, OCD & PTSD

by | May 4, 2023 | SSA Case Study Examples of Hearings and Outcomes

39-Year-Old Male from Milan, Illinois suffering form: bipolar disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Chronic Insomnia.

Mental Disorders

The claimant is 39 years old with an Alleged Onset Date of 2/1/2018 and no past relevant work. In this case the claimant was found DISABLED AT INITIAL LEVEL for meeting Listing of Impairments 12.05 (B) for intellectual disability as of established onset date 11/16/2020. The claimant has had a learning disability his entire life and was in special education classes until he dropped out of school in the 10th grade. He never received a GED.

At the initial level social security’s adjudicator based his findings on a CE report, which showed he had a full-scale IQ score of 67 with marked limitations in understanding, remembering, and applying information and marked limitations in concentration, persistence, and pace.

The reason for this hearing was due to an internal corrective action report issued by the social security administration wherein the adjudicator’s finding that he meets listing 12.05 (B) was brought into question.

The corrective action report stated, among other things, that additional medical development needs to be pursued from treating and non-treating medical sources to confirm if in fact the listing is met. The corrective action report also highlighted the fact that there were 2 prior Unfavorable Administrative Law Judges decisions in this case.

Gonzalez & Goetz submitted interrogatories and medical records from the claimants’ psychiatrists and psychologists, along with high school report cards as evidence to support limited intellectual functioning and were able to successfully support the Administration’s prior finding of disability under Mental Disorders- Adult- Listing 12.05 (B)