Mental Illness And Social Security Disability Claims
When most people think of disabilities, they envision physical conditions such as chronic illness, back problems or heart trouble. Yet psychological disorders can be just as devastating as purely “physical” disorders. Mental illness affects more than 50 million people across the country.* In severe forms, these disorders may prevent individuals from working and earning a living.
If you suffer from a severe mental illness or psychological disorder, you may be entitled to receive Social Security benefits. Disability claims involving psychological disorders pose unique challenges. Because the manifestations of mental illness may not always be apparent, strong documentation and detailed medical records are essential for presenting a strong case. The opinions of medical experts — such as licensed psychiatrists and other specialists — may also be necessary.
Psychological disabilities can be cognitive, emotional or social in nature. Common conditions include:
- Bipolar disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Anxiety disorders
- Certain substance addictions
- Cognitive impairments
- Personality disorders
- Developmental disorders
- Memory problems
Some people struggle with mental illness all their lives. Others may develop the disorder slowly, over time. And still others may suffer from traumatic brain injuries or sudden, life-altering impairments as a result of an accident. Each of these situations involves unique considerations.
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At Burgess & Christensen, a law firm devoted exclusively to disability law, we are familiar with the many types of psychological disabilities that may entitle you to receive Social Security benefits. Our attorneys can evaluate your circumstances and advise you of your options. We find it rewarding to make a positive impact on the lives of others. You can rely on our team of skilled lawyers, medical record experts and dedicated staff to treat you with dignity, compassion and respect.
*Source: National Institute of Mental Health