Episodes of Decompensation
What does Episodes of Decompensation mean?
Claimants who suffer from a psychological disorder may experience periods or episodes of decompensation when their mental state deteriorates and their ability to function is negatively affected. When the SSA evaluates a claimant's mental health condition episodes of decompensation are evaluated to determine the severity of the mental condition.
The SSA will determine if your mental health condition is disabling by reviewing the activities and work functions you can do with your condition. If you have periods where your ability to work or function is severely impaired this can be evidence that you may not be able to engage in normal activities.
All episodes of decompensation and the duration of the episodes should be documented in your medical file and reported on your disability application. To qualify for SSDI for a mental health disorder, you must have repeated episodes of decompensation which are long enough and severe enough to limit your ability to perform normal daily activities.