What If My Disability Is Not Visible, Can I Still Get Benefits?

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Disabilities come in many shapes and sizes. Your condition is unique to you, and as long as you are limited by the disability you suffer from, you could qualify for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI). The Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees this program and awards benefits based on findings that workers have become or are so disabled as to not be able to perform any significant job activity. The determination is a difficult one to make, and a lot of evidence is required to gain approval of an application for SSDI. The task can become even more difficult when you suffer from a condition that is not visible. But just because you cannot see your disability, that does not mean you are not disabled and do not qualify for benefits.

The truth is there are plenty of disabilities that have very little outward manifestations, but that still qualify for SSDI benefits. Most of the disabilities in this category fall into the mental disability category and can include:

• Dementia.
• Alzheimer’s disease.
• Schizophrenia.
• Bipolar disorder.
• Depression and other mood disorders.
• Learning disabilities.
• Anxiety.
• Obsessive compulsive disorder.
• Personality disorders.
• Certain drug and alcohol addictions.
This list is not a full list, and you may have a disability that is hard to detect by simply looking at you, that still qualifies you for SSDI benefits. As with any disabling condition the SSA will be looking to see how your disability limits your daily activities. The focus is primarily on what, if any, significant job duties you can perform but can also extend to other daily chores such as housekeeping and interacting in social settings.

For detailed answers to your questions about social security benefits and mental disabilities, call an experienced attorney for help. Contact us online today for more information. We can also be reached at 855-727-6353.