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Securing disability benefits for mental conditions

Mental conditions and disorders are common, but for some Mississippi residents, these issues may prevent them from working. If you or a loved one is unable to work due a medically diagnosed mental condition, it is possible that you will be eligible for disability benefits.

Securing Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for a mental condition can be a complicated process, and it is best to understand eligibility requirements before you apply. A mental condition may prevent you from working, but that in no way precludes you from having financial security and medical care.

Valid mental conditions and disorders

Benefits claims for mental disabilities can be difficult to win, but you will have a better chance of success if you know what to expect and have the assistance of an experienced attorney. According to the Social Security Administration, the list of valid mental conditions includes the following:

  • Neurocognitive disorders
  • Schizophrenic and psychotic disorders
  • Bipolar and other depressive orders
  • Intellectual disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Somatic and related disorders
  • Personality and impulse control disorders
  • Autism
  • Eating disorders
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Trauma or stress-related disorders

Your application for benefits must include evidence of your condition. While the requirements differ according to the type and severity of the disorder, there will be a close examination of all medical documentation in order to discern the following information:

  • Symptoms
  • Medical history
  • Results of medical tests and examinations
  • Treatment plan
  • Type, dosage and beneficial effects of medications
  • Prognosis
  • Type and efficacy of any therapy recommended
  • Side effects of medication
  • Expected duration of your symptoms

Your application may require other evidence, depending on the nature of your disability and whether you are seeking to secure SSDI or SSI benefits.

Fighting for what you deserve, even after a denied claim

Many SSDI or SSI applicants find themselves confused and frustrated over a denied benefits claim. Moreover, many first-time applicants face a denied claim, but, if that happened to you, it is not the end of the road. You have the right to appeal and continue to pursue needed benefits through the appropriate legal channels.

If you are unable to earn income and support your family due to a mental condition or disorder, you are not alone. Depending on your work history, type of condition and time that you will be unable to work, you may have valid grounds to pursue benefits through an SSDI or SSI claim.

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