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Episodes of Decompensation

Definition - What does Episodes of Decompensation mean?

Episodes of decompensation refers to the periods of time in which the mental health of an individual suffering from mental illness deteriorates and is accompanied by a reduction or loss of ability to perform routine activities. Episodes of decompensation are one of the factors that the U.S. Social Security Administration considers while evaluating disability benefits claims based on certain mental illnesses.

Justipedia explains Episodes of Decompensation

An individual suffering from mental illness goes through periods in which no treatment or medication seems to help and the individual's ability to perform daily activities. Their ability to adapt to normal circumstances is severely affected. The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes this and refers to these as episodes of decompensation. The SSA provides disability benefits only to those claimants who are unable to perform any kind of work regardless of whether they suffer from mental or physical disability. Episodes of decompensation help in substantiating disability and inability to perform work for claimants who suffer from certain mental illnesses like anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.

This definition was written in the context of Social Security

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