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Social Security Disability Benefits for Mental Conditions Archives

Little-known facts about bipolar disorder

One of the biggest problems with mental disorders in the United States is that a lot of people simply do not understand them. They don't have a lot of information about them, and that leads to false assumptions and the rise of dangerous myths.

Anxiety disorder and Social Security Disability benefits

Everyone struggles with anxiety from time to time. However, some people experience anxiety so severe that it effectively cripples their ability to function normally or hold down a job.

Questions your doctor may ask about memory loss

If you're struggling with memory loss, it could be from aging, a disease or an injury. There are many potential conditions that lead to both long-term and short-term memory loss, which could represent a disability. If you've become concerned about the issues you've noticed, or if a loved one does, you may need to go to the doctor to get a diagnosis.

Pursuing a Social Security disability claim for mental health

The U.S. federal government created the Social Security program to support some of our nation's most vulnerable people -- the ones who are disabled and unable to earn an income for themselves. Through the Social Security Disability benefits program, someone who is too ill or disabled either physically or mentally can file an application to receive helpful financial support that enables them to be independent members of society.

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.

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.

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