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Social Security Disability Benefits for Mental Conditions Archives

Can you get Social Security benefits for mental health disorders?

If you have a mental health condition, you may be interested in knowing more about Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability (SSD). Mental health conditions are just as debilitating as physical conditions in many cases. As such, it's important that those who cannot work have an opportunity to get the benefits they need to support themselves as they address their mental health concerns.

You deserve benefits if you have a mental health disability

Living with a disability is not only difficult; it is often devastating and frustrating. As someone living with an "invisible" illness, you know all-too-well how hard it is to try to do the things you're used to doing and not being able to do so. You may no longer be able to work, attend school or do the things you love.

Schizophrenic disorders are covered by Social Security Disability

There are many different kinds of disabilities that could affect you, and it's important that you still have the financial support you need while trying to deal with a life-changing diagnosis. Social Security Disability (SSD) is there for people with physical and mental health conditions.

You may qualify for assistance for bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder can be a challenge to live with. The severe mood swings it causes make it more difficult to learn, work and live a normal life. The Social Security Administration does recognize the severity of this condition and offers financial benefits to those who struggle with it.

Mental disorders can qualify you for disability benefits

Organic mental disorders are behavioral or psychological abnormalities that are associated with the dysfunction of the brain. They are not necessarily caused by genetic predispositions or mutations and can be a result of trauma or injury.

What kinds of benefits are there for those with disabilities?

Social Security Disability benefits are a lifeline to those who can no longer work due to a serious illness or disability. If you have a medical condition that has made it impossible to work a full-time job, then this benefit may be for you. There are several eligibility requirements to consider, and the application process can be tricky. Many who move forward with an application choose to do so with legal advice, since there are many forms and documents that have to be provided to the Social Security Administration.

How does the Social Security Administration define a disability?

Determining if you're eligible for Social Security Disability starts with reviewing your medical history. Benefits are determined based on your inability to perform a job because of a disability, whether that disability is emotional, psychological or physical in nature. There are also considerations given depending on the severity of your condition.

Qualifications you need to meet for Social Security Disability

To be able to receive disability for a mental disorder, you must have a psychological or behavioral abnormality that can be shown through your medical records. When given laboratory tests or physical examinations, the disability should be present and able to be defined and diagnosed.

A New Mental Health Listing

Many health impairments, both mental and physical, have listings in the federal regulations. Listings are a set of criteria that need that need to be met. Meeting the criteria is proven through medical records and testimony. Mental health is no exception to the requirements. However, starting January 2017, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will have its own listing. Currently, PTSD is evaluated under the anxiety listing. But the new listing recognizes PTSD as an impairment apart from anxiety. To show that you meet the listing for PTSD, you need to show that there was exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury or violence; that you suffer from involuntary re-experiencing of the traumatic event, like dreams or flashbacks; that you avoid reminders of the event; and that you have increased re-activity such as an exaggerated startle response.

Retirement benefits and your disability payments: Never fear

If you receive Social Security Disability payments for your injury from work or other causes, how your retirement will be affected by those payments may be a concern for you. Here are some facts you should know.


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