How Mental Illness Is Treated for Disability Purposes

Parmele Law FirmMental Impairments, Uncategorized

Not every disability involves a physical condition. People can become disabled and unable to work from long term exposure to dangerous chemicals, and never exhibit an outward physical disability. People can also suffer from cancer or another disease and still be disabled, even though there is no visible signs of having a physical disability (save for loss of hair from treatment, which may not be the case in every cancer patient). And a mental illness can be classified as a disability. If you are suffering from a mental disorder, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI). To find out if you qualify, talk it over with an experienced and knowledgeable social security attorney.

Some of the most common mental disorders that are covered by SSDI include:

  • Anxiety: this would include a constant irrational fear, panic attacks that happen regularly and with consistency, distress, or apprehension; and that as a result you are not able to function in a work setting.
  • Autism and similar disorders: if you have a limited ability to communication or interact due to autism or a similar disorder, you likely qualify for SSDI.
  • Personality disorders: this is not simply having a personality that others find hard to get along with, but rather a condition that creates an inability to adapt to social or work tasks.
  • Schizophrenia, paranoia, and other psychotic illness: medical proof of these disorders is required in order to obtain benefits.
  • Addiction to certain substances: this type of disorder is generally tied to another disorder in order to get benefits, standing alone an addiction will not qualify you for SSDI.

This is not an exhaustive list, and you may have an illness that qualifies you for SSDI that is not listed above. In order to determine if you are eligible for SSDI benefits due to a mental illness or disorder you will need to have your case evaluated. To do this it is critical to see the right kind of healthcare practitioner and keep records of your condition. The key is to show that your disorder prevents you from engaging in any substantial activity that would earn a wage. You must also be receiving treatment, with the expectation that your treatment will go on indefinitely.  If you are unable to make this showing, you may be denied for benefits. To get the most out of your application and increase your chances of being approved, let a qualified attorney help. We have helped countless people get the benefits they deserve and can help you too.

If you have questions about how social security disability benefits are approved for mental disorders, call an experienced attorney for help. Contact us online today for more information. We can also be reached at 855-727-6353.