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Mental impairments can qualify for Social Security Disability

Do you or someone you love suffer from a mental impairment? According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in four adults in the U.S. suffer from mental illness at any given point in a year. That's over 61 million people. While many who suffer from a mental impairment are able to work, others are not.

Those adults whose mental impairment lasts a year and prevents them from making at least a $1,000 a month may be able to qualify for Social Security disability. Some of the more common mental impairments include:

  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Brain injuries
  • Anxiety disorders

It is more difficult to provide evidence of mental impairment in many cases because there are no blood tests, x-rays or other qualifying medical tests to back up a person's diagnosis. However, these impairments can significantly affect a person's life and will often qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income.

We understand the difficulties that people with mental impairments face, especially when it comes to being able to hold down a full-time job. While you will have to have medical evidence to back up your claims, this can be done through a visit with your physician. Don't embellish your symptoms, but don't leave anything out either. If your doctor orders you to have future treatment, such as prescription medications, make sure you do as he or she says.

Those with mental impairments have a right to collect Social Security Disability when eligible. To learn more, please visit one of our many links about different mental impairments on our webpage.

Source: Midwest Disability, "Disability Benefits for Mental Impairments" Aug. 26, 2014

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