GERALD J. WEBER, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Don Quixote charged windmills. Lear raged at a storm. This Court has often written of the obvious injustice done to the ill and disabled by the Social Security Administration. All of us dreamers have had about the same measure of success.
Harry Smith, Jr. is now 33 years old and, though not afflicted with any physical impairment, has suffered from early adolescence with a severe mental and emotional impairment. Although every treating psychiatrist and psychologist indicates that plaintiff is incapable of employment, and one treating psychiatrist strongly insists that the stress of employment will seriously increase plaintiff's risk for suicide, the Social Security Administration in its inexhaustible capacity for the absurd has held otherwise. Plaintiff has appealed and after a review of the record and briefs, we conclude the Secretary's decision must be reversed - emphatically.
Although plaintiff's condition has been given many different labels by different mental health professionals, all are agreed that it is characterized by depression, extreme isolation, social immaturity, and recurrent panic attacks. Plaintiff has extreme difficulty interacting with people, to the point that he rarely leaves his father's house. He attempted suicide at age 16 and admits continuing thoughts of self destruction.
A brief review of the medical reports may highlight our sense of outrage at the Secretary's decision. In September, 1985, a psychologist, George DeLong, prepared an extensive and detailed evaluation of the plaintiff. He reported that the plaintiff was "a compulsive and meticulous personality who is seriously depressed, anxious, fearful and preoccupied with fantasy. Additionally, Harry is quite socially isolated and is 'sensitive' in the extreme." DeLong concluded that plaintiff suffered multiple disorders, was chronically mentally ill and required extended residential and outpatient psychotherapy.
In February, 1987, a treating psychologist, James Fox, reported the following:
It continues to be our opinion at the Mental Health Center that Mr. Smith is disabled by his disorder, i.e., his agoraphobic symptoms make it painful for him to even leave the house. His adaptation to stressful circumstances is extremely poor, e.g., he has immense problems interacting with persons in authority, responding to criticism, following instructions, etc.