Can You Get SSDI Benefits for Mental Health Issues?
Social Security Disability Insurance, commonly referred to as SSDI, is a program provided to citizens of the United States who are unable to work full-time positions because of a disability. Those who receive SSDI will get compensation on a monthly basis that may be used to help these individuals afford the cost of living due to their inability to earn an income on their own.
If you have mental health issues that prevent you from holding down a job, you may wonder if you can get SSDI benefits for your mental health condition(s). The Social Security Administration does view many mental health conditions as legitimate disabilities, and that means it is possible for you to start receiving these benefits.
Which Mental Health Conditions Make a Person Eligible for SSDI?
A person may suffer from one or more mental health conditions that make working a traditional job difficult for them. There are criteria that a person must meet to be considered disabled because of their mental health issues.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
An individual may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder after dealing with traumatic and stressful situations. While some people end up with PTSD after serving in the war, others experience PTSD due to physical and mental abuse they have endured, traumatic motor vehicle accidents, and even sexual attacks that have taken place. The condition can make it hard for someone to get up each day, stick to a schedule, and complete assigned tasks at the workplace. Someone who has been officially diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder can benefit from applying for SSDI.
While most people will experience a bit of anxiety at times, some people have severe anxiety that makes it hard for them to talk to others. They may feel like their chest is tight, they cannot breathe, and it is hard for them to concentrate on what is going on around them. Someone with severe anxiety may try to live a normal life only to end up frustrated because their mental health condition prevents them from doing the things that they would like to do.
Manic depression is known as bipolar disorder. Someone with this condition may have periods of feeling manic, along with periods of feeling tired, exhausted, and irritable. There are times when those with manic depression cannot even get themselves out of bed because of how bad they are feeling. It can make working a traditional job quite difficult.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Someone with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder would likely have a short attention span with the inability to focus or concentrate long enough on certain tasks. While it may be managed with medication, some people experience more symptoms than others, and those symptoms can make it more challenging for an individual to hold down a normal job that would require them to sit or stand for lengthy periods.
Severe Clinical Depression
Those diagnosed with severe clinical depression may have a difficult time functioning. Those with this mental health condition may go weeks without talking to others, getting a shower, or even taking care of household chores. It can take such a toll on a person while making it hard for them to get or keep a job.
Is It Harder to Get Approved for SSDI for a Mental Health Disability?
Many people believe that it is harder to get approved for SSDI for mental health disabilities because those disabilities are not noticeable like physical disabilities. However, this is not always true. It is important to provide the Social Security Administration with as much information on your mental health condition as possible. Some of the documents that you should send over with your application include:
- Details of traumatic situations that you may have experienced
- Copies of police reports and protection orders that may have been filed after you endured abuse and violence at the hands of someone else
- List of any medications you are taking for your condition
- Medical documents from your primary physician
- Information from any therapists or psychologists you might talk to
If an abundance of information is provided, it is easier for the Social Security Administration to approve the claim instead of denying it.
Need to Apply for SSDI Benefits? Let The Dansby Law Firm Help
If you would like to apply for SSDI benefits for a mental health issue,The Dansby Law Firm would like to assist you with the process. With our expert legal advice and assistance, you can get through the application process with ease. Get in touch with us at 1-877-834-7001 (toll free) to schedule a consultation with us.