Disability Benefits for Mental Illnesses

July 29, 2015
Dayes Law Firm

If you suffer from a mental disability, it can often be difficult to hold down gainful employment. Fortunately, these types of illnesses do qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits however, they may be more difficult to secure.

If you are having trouble getting the disability benefits you need for a mental illness, a Phoenix Social Security disability benefits lawyer from Dayes Law Firm PC can help you appeal your denied claim. We can help you build a strong case detailing the effects your disability has on your ability to perform everyday tasks needed for a job.

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Almost 3.5 million people receive disability benefits because of the debilitating characteristics of their mental illness. The most common types of mental disorders that the Social Security Administration (SSA) most often deems eligible for benefits are anxiety and mood disorders. However, other common diagnoses may also qualify, including:

  • Development disorders
  • Autism
  • Mood disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder

The SSA lists the majority of mental illnesses in its list of impairments. However, simply because you are diagnosed with one of these conditions, does not mean that you automatically qualify for disability benefits being approved for a mental health condition can actually be more difficult than getting approved for a physical condition.

This can be because the claims examiners who analyze your medical records and your claim do not always fully understand the scope of the limitations that come with certain mental illnesses. This is partially because diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses are sometimes difficult to document.

For these reasons, disability benefits claims for mental illnesses are often denied. If your claim was denied, contact the disability benefits lawyers at Dayes Law Firm PC. We will guide you step by step through the claims process and make sure that you get the help you need.

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