If you have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, and it affects your ability to work, it is important to know you have options.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) does award disability benefits to individuals with mental health disorders.
To be awarded benefits, an individual must meet the Social Security Administration’s strict definition of disability and be unable to work for a minimum of 12 months.
Mental illness, also called mental health disorders, refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior.
Signs and symptoms of mental illness can vary, depending on the disorder, circumstances and other factors. These symptoms can greatly affect your ability to work.
It can be quite challenging to get approved for benefits with a mental illness due to the nature of the medical evidence.
It is important for applicants to work closely with their doctors and follow all medical treatment plans to show the SSA you are trying to improve your condition.
Keep names of all doctors, therapists and psychiatrists you have seen so their notes and medical records can be requested.
There are many types of mental health disorders that cause disabling conditions including:
- Affective disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
- Autism and related disorders
- Mental retardation
- Organic Mental Disorders
- Personality disorders
- Schizophrenia, paranoia, and psychotic disorders
- Somatoform disorders
If you are suffering from a mental health disorder and can no longer work, you should apply for Social Security Disability benefits right away. The process for receiving these monthly payments and benefits can take a long time. It is important that you begin the application process early so that you can begin receiving benefits as soon as possible.
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If you are considering applying for either SSD or SSI benefits, do not delay. Contact an experienced Social Security Disability Attorney to find out how. Call the Social Security Disability attorneys at Berger and Green at 412-661-1400 for a free no obligation consultation to discuss your claim.