It is possible that a person in New Jersey has a loved one that is suffering from a mental illness, but the person has no idea this is so, since unlike injuries or some illnesses, there are no physical signs indicating someone has a mental illness.
However, New Jersey residents may be surprised to hear that the National Institute for Mental Health reports that the primary cause of disability in Americans from age 15 to 44 is mental illnesses. According to NIMH, approximately one-quarter of people in the country. age 18 and above could be diagnosed with having a mental illness. Moreover, many people, including half of those with major depression, go untreated.
If you or someone you know has major depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia or any other mental disorder, then you know how difficult it is to live with one of these illnesses. Many people with these illnesses ultimately find that they are unable to work. Therefore, they might want to learn more about pursuing Social Security disability benefits.
SSD benefits can be the financial lifeline a person with a disabling mental illness needs to make ends meet financially. However, there are many hoops to jump through in the application process, such as providing the Social Security Administration with a mental health status examination. This examination is used by the SSA to determine how well the applicant can function. And this is only one requirement that must be established in order to obtain SSD benefits for mental conditions.
In the end, when a person has a disabling mental illness, they often need financial help. They may also feel intimidated about applying for SSD benefits. What if they miss a key point in their application or fail to provide the right evidence, leading to a denial? It is in these situations that applying for benefits with the assistance of an attorney may be the way to go. At our firm we understand that the application process for SSD benefits can be challenging and it can also take a long time, especially if one’s initial application is denied and an appeal is necessary. Our webpage on disability benefits for those with mental illnesses may be a good jumping-off point for people who want to learn more about how an attorney can assist them.