If I Have a Mental Disorder, Can I Get Social Security Disability Benefits?

Hello, I’m attorney Corey Luedeman with RSH Legal. If you’re no longer able to work because of your mental illness, you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. There are two different ways you could receive disability benefits if you have a mental disorder. The first one, you meet the criteria of a disabling condition in the listings. The Social Security Administration’s official rules recognize different listed impairments – the conditions listed can render a person disabled according to the SSA rules. The rules have very complex and specific criteria that a person has to meet to be considered disabled and to meet or equal the requirements of a specific listing. It can be very difficult to know whether your condition meets these criteria. Your best bet is to speak with a Social Security Disability attorney so they can interpret this information for you. Number two – you can’t do any type of work as a result of your condition. If your condition is not a listed impairment, you may still be able to get disability benefits. If your condition makes you unable to do any type of work, Social Security may award you benefits. Proving to the SSA that you’re unable to do any type of work can be difficult. We recommend getting a Social Security Disability lawyer involved in your case to help. This will increase your chances of receiving benefits. There are many different kinds of mental disorders recognized as disabling conditions by the SSA. Some of these include anxiety, depression, autism, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, and schizophrenia. Even though you may have one of these disorders, you don’t necessarily qualify for disability benefits automatically. There are two requirements to qualify for Social Security. Not only must you be disabled according to the SSA’s standards, but you must also prove that your disorder limits your ability to work. It can be more difficult to prove that a mental disorder is affecting your ability to work. These types of disorders and illnesses don’t show up on medical tests like X-rays or CAT scans. There can also be some stigma in recognizing mental illness or concerns of people faking it. This is where hiring a Social Security Disability attorney can be helpful. Among other things, an experienced disability attorney can do a number of things: track down your most up-to-date medical records and present them to the SSA. They can get medical opinions from your doctors on your condition and how it limits your ability to work. They can question expert witnesses at your hearing in front of the judge to illustrate how your condition is disabling. If you’ve been denied disability benefits for your mental disorder, call RSH Legal today at 1-800-433-0283 or visit our website, FightingForFairness.com, for more information.

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