Can I get disability for mental health?

Many people think of physical injuries when it comes to disability.  However, every year, millions of Americans are affected by psychological, emotional, and mental disorders that impact their day to day life, as well as their ability to maintain a job.  Does this sound like something you’re experiencing?  We understand how debilitating these conditions can be and want you to know that you may be eligible for disability because of your mental health.

The following mental health disorders may qualify you for SSDI benefits:
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disabilities (Mental Retardation)
  • Obsessive-compulsive Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Somatoform Disorders

Has your physical injury led to mental health problems?

When someone can no longer do the things they are used to doing, such as working, it can cause stress, anxiety and depression.  Many people become overwhelmed by the thought of being unable to financially support themselves.  We often see clients who have physical disabilities begin to suffer from depression and anxiety because they are concerned about finances.

Is your mental health becoming a problem?

If you are having problems following and executing instructions, dealing with people, concentrating long enough to read, are sleeping in the daytime and experiencing sleeplessness at night, you may be suffering from anxiety or depression.  It can be very helpful to seek out a psychiatrist, psychologist, or counselor who can talk to you about the changes in your life. These professionals can also document your issues in a way that will help your case.

An experienced attorney will know what information to gather from your psychiatrist, psychologist, or counselor in order to prove your case.

Note: We do recommend you avoid use of illegal drugs and alcohol if you are applying for SSD benefits due to mental health issues. Judges will sometimes assume that you could work if you were not using these chemical substances and may disregard your mental impairments because of their use.

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