When people first think of Social Security disability they think of the injured factory worker or coal miner who is reaching retirement age and can no longer perform his/her physically demanding occupation. But there is a whole other group of disabled persons in America who struggle with the sometimes invisible problems of mental health issues. These people suffer from a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and mood disorders, just to name a few. For those suffering from these conditions, working a full-time job ranges from difficult to impossible. That is why the Social Security Administration allows people suffering from mental health issues to receive disability benefits if their condition is severe enough to prevent them from working.
According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), as of 2011, 19.2% of people who qualified for disability were awarded benefits for mental illness. Winning benefits for mental illness can be difficult; you are not presenting the SSA with MRI’s or surgery reports. To be successful on a mental illness claim you have to craft a case that uses your medical record to illustrate to the decision maker at the SSA that you are unable to work. This can include reports from your therapist documenting that you are not able to attend work on a regular basis due to mental illness, or documenting that you are unable to deal appropriately with supervisors or customers.
To be awarded Social Security disability benefits, you have to compile medical records and reports from treating physicians to illustrate your condition. If you would like additional assistance, at LaBovick Law Group your claim will be handled by an attorney who will review your facts, meet with you personally and create a unique theory of the case for your claim. That attorney won’t get paid unless you are awarded benefits.