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MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS AND SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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On October 10, the world marked Mental Health Awareness Day to raise awareness about the different types of mental conditions, many of which go undiagnosed for years. If you suffer from a mental health condition, you may be eligible for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability program.

Mental disorders most typically involved in disability claims are bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. Other intellectual disabilities involve cognitive impairment that may also be covered under the term “mental health disorders.” These conditions include schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, dementia, and low IQ—related disorders.

Some conditions like Alzheimer’s, low IQ-related disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are mentioned in the listing for mental impairments that may qualify for disability benefits. However, merely a diagnosis from your psychiatrist will not be sufficient to prove that your disability makes it difficult for you to earn an income, and qualifies you for benefits.

Even if your condition is not included in the listing, you may still be eligible for benefits if you can provide strong evidence to support your claim that the disability prevents you from working and earning a sustainable income.  It’s very important to note one’s symptoms. Depression, constant irritability, anxiety-related symptoms like frequent panic attacks, withdrawal and other symptoms must be carefully documented in a journal.

To learn whether you qualify for disability benefits for a diagnosed mental illness, contact this law firm.