Understanding Asperger Syndrome and receiving disability benefits

People in Kissimmee might have a perception that Social Security Disability benefits are limited to those who are suffering from a clear injury, condition or illness. However, people who are suffering from a mental issue might not realize that Social Security disability benefits for mental conditions are available. There are many disorders that can result in an approval for benefits. One is Asperger Syndrome.

Asperger Syndrome is considered a form of autism. Those who have it are considered “high-functioning” in comparison to other forms of autism. People who have Asperger might show social and communication deficiencies. They often have an IQ that is considered normal to superior. Also, people suffering from it might require special education, but they can often function in mainstream classes. Because people with Asperger might not be able to function socially, they often have mood disorders including depression and anxiety.

People with Asperger Syndrome might exhibit a variety of behaviors including an impairment with nonverbal communication, difficulty with age-appropriate relationships and difficulty adhering to a routine. In addition, people with Asperger may exhibit a superior routine memory, but they may also suffer from being preoccupied with a particular subject and ignoring others. Moreover, Asperger Syndrome can cause issues with judgment in regard to personal space and difficulties understanding the feelings of others.

Because Asperger is a form of autism that also has certain characteristics in which a person who has it is able to function, it can be difficult to recognize unless it is properly diagnosed. Because it can prevent the person from holding a normal job, it is also a mental disorder that can be a qualifying mental condition for disability benefits. Speaking to an attorney experienced in helping people receive Social Security disability can be beneficial to those who have Asperger Syndrome and need disability benefits.

Source: aspennj.org, “What is Asperger Syndrome?,” accessed on Jan. 18, 2016


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