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Mental health deserves awareness and sometimes SSDI support

Mental health deserves awareness and sometimes SSDI support

| May 24, 2017 | Social Security Disability Benefits for Mental Conditions |

Do you have experience feeling down? Restless? Anxious? Do you have trouble sleeping or trouble ever feeling rested? Are you battling phobias and/or compulsions routinely? Are you one of the reported one in five Americans who suffers from mental illness during their lifetime?

Mental health problems are more than personal attitude hurdles. Conditions such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and more are medical disorders that few people would voluntarily experience. They are medical conditions that need treatment. They are biological disorders that can make it impossible or unhealthy for a person to work. 

The word “disability” is to be used carefully. One reason is because it can stigmatize people. Being labeled as “mentally ill” alone tends to place a significant stigma on those living with mental health conditions. Still, the word “disability” is an important technicality in terms of securing insurance coverage. 

Social Security Disability Insurance exists for workers who have earned the benefit of the financial support through consistent employment. When a worker becomes physically impaired to the point of not being able to work, they apply for SSDI benefits in order to earn financial support that they deserve and need. 

A lot of people, even employees struggling with issues like major depression, fail to understand that mental health disorders can qualify them to receive SSDI benefits. The same people who are struggling with their mental health should know, however, how honestly debilitating matters like depression and anxiety can be.

With May approaching,– Mental Health Awareness Month — the Law Firm of Abromson and Carey wants people to be aware of something important: There are possible insurance benefits out there to help those living with mental illness. With the experienced and compassionate guidance of SSDI lawyers and the necessary input of trusted medical professionals, someone can find financial stability if they cannot work. 

In order for a mental illness to legally justify the receipt of SSDI payments, a disabled worker has to show that their illness leaves them unable to perform their old job or take on a new role. They also must prove to the SSA that their illness has been or is relatively lasting. While it might sound easy to prove these aspects of a SSDI case, it is most effectively done with the representation of a skilled disability lawyer.