Mental disorders may cause you to be unable to hold down a job. If this happens to you, you can qualify for Social Security Disability benefits as long as you can convince the Social Security Administration (SSA) that your mental health issues are long-term (have or will last for a year) and are severe enough to prevent you from doing work that you are qualified for based on education and experience.
Sometimes, it can be hard to show that you have mental health problems since there may be no objective tests like an x-ray or an MRI to demonstrate just how bad your symptoms are. You will need clear medical evidence from a physiatrist or other mental health professional who is licensed in the field. You should also consider getting help putting together a strong application. A Los Angeles Social Security Disability lawyer can assist you in convincing the SSA that your mental health problems really are bad enough to make you eligible for disability benefits.
Qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits Due to Mental Health Issues
The Social Security Administration has a “Blue Book,” which lists qualifying medical conditions for which you will become eligible for benefits (provided you have the symptoms of the condition you claim to have in your application).
Mental impairments are addressed in Section 12 of the Blue Book. Some of the listed conditions that are within this Section which can make you eligible to receive Social Security Disability income include:
- Organic mental disorders, including psychological or behavioral abnormalities which occur as a result of brain dysfunction.
- Paranoia and other psychotic disorders
- Affective disorders, which can include manic depression as well as other full or partial manic or depressive syndromes
- Intellectual disabilities, including significantly subaverage general intellectual functioning and/or deficits in adaptive functioning (these conditions usually must manifest during the developmental period before age 22)
- Anxiety disorders
- Somatoform disorders, or physical symptoms that there is no demonstrable organic findings of or no known physiological causes of
- Personality disorders, including signifiant maladaptive personality traits
- Autistic disorders
- Pervasive developmental disorders affecting the development of social skills
For each specific condition, you must have demonstrable proof of symptoms that occur in the frequency and with the severity required by the SSA. A Los Angeles Social Security Disability lawyer can help you to show you have a mental health condition that should qualify you for benefits. Call an attorney today to learn more.