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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.

In order to show that your mental health issues are consistently manifesting in debilitating symptoms, you will need to be frequently visiting your provider and/or therapist. It is also important that you make clear to your provider the full extent of your symptoms. At your hearing, it is important that you are fully honest about your symptoms, even if it is difficult to discuss. Do not try to put on a brave face and downplay your symptoms. At the same time, it is important not to exaggerate your symptoms either. Many people battling anxiety, depression, or other mental illness experience ups and downs. It is okay to admit that you have good days in which you are experiencing diminished or no symptoms. In fact, it may provide you with additional credibility, especially if your medical records also contain indications that your symptoms come and go. As you go through the process of applying for disability benefits, it is important to keep your attorney representative aware of how and where you are receiving medical attention or therapy. Doing so will help ensure that all relevant medical and therapy records are ordered from the proper providers and made part of the record in your case.

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