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What Happens at a Social Security Disability Hearing?

After your application for disability benefits has been denied by the Social Security Administration (typically twice, but it depends on your state) you will be provided the opportunity to appear before an administrative law judge. Your judge will not have been involved in issuing previous denials in your case. Prior to your hearing, the judge will have examined the medical records that you and your representative have submitted to the Social Security Administration.

Obstacles in Claims Based on Mental Health Impairments

Disability benefits are available to individuals that are unable to work full-time due to a severe mental impairment. Examples of such impairments include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Although you may have been diagnosed with such a disorder and may be unable to work as a result, such a case can still be a challenge. Part of this challenge lies in the quality of the evidence documenting your mental health problems. While physical disabilities can be shown to be severe through irrefutable evidence in the form of x-rays or MRIs, mental health issues cannot be demonstrated as unambiguously through medical evidence. A doctor may have diagnosed you with a certain mental illness, but his diagnosis may be based in large part upon your own subjective claims about symptoms like anxiety or depression. The best way to overcome this obstacle is to create a consistent and compelling medical record. This can be accomplished by continuing to follow-up with your providers.

3 tips for a faster disability benefits approval

If you're applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), it probably has not slipped by you that it can be difficult to get. Many people are denied the first time they apply, because their documents are not in order or because of other issues. Fortunately, there are some tips that can help you apply for, and receive, these benefits the first time.

Don't let disability myths get in your way

There are many myths about disability benefits and being able to work while receiving benefits. Some believe there's no chance for you to work while on benefits, while others believe it's possible to collect benefits and work. The reality is that you can work as long as it is within the guidelines of the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Mental health conditions may qualify for Social Security benefits

Not all disabilities are obvious, and not all disabilities are physical. There are many mental disabilities that impact people in the United States. These individuals may not be able to work, just like someone with a physical impairment may be unable to work.

Social Security wait times delay disability benefits

When there aren't enough people to help with Social Security claims, time becomes the enemy for victims who need benefits. It's tiring to know you deserve and need benefits but you have to wait time and time again for the process that could finally bring you relief.

What if My Symptoms Come and Go?

Some people have health problems that result in "good days" and "bad days" in terms of their symptoms. This is often the case for individuals with gout, arthritis, fibromyalgia, different mental health impairments, and a number of other disabling conditions. These individuals may be capable of performing a range of work on good days but find themselves completely debilitated on their bad days. Even if your disabling symptoms are not constantly present or constantly severe, you may still be eligible to receive SSI or SSDI benefits if you experience flare-ups or bad days every month that prevent you from working on those days.

The Importance of Attending Your Hearing

As you near the scheduled hearing date in your case, your attorney or case manager will ask you to arrive at the hearing location at least a half hour prior to your hearing. It is very important that you try your best to arrive early. You may have additional questions for your attorney or your attorney may wish to speak with you again before your hearing. It is also a good idea to give yourself some extra time in case of traffic issues or difficulty finding the hearing location.

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