Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. Attorneys at Law

Your mental health and eligibility for disability benefits

You know that Alabama residents with certain medical conditions or those who suffered debilitating injuries in accidents could be eligible for disability benefits if they are no longer able to work. However, you may not be aware of the fact that Social Security disability benefits are also available to individuals who have certain mental conditions as well.

If you believe that you may have a valid claim to benefits because of a mental condition, you would be wise to act quickly to secure the benefits to which you may have a rightful claim. It's difficult to validate claims of disability on the basis of mental disorders, but with guidance and support, it is possible.

Does your impairment qualify you for benefits?

Simply having a mental disorder does not qualify you for disability benefits. Your condition must be on the list of qualifying conditions listed by the Social Security Administration. Generally, a person is not eligible for this type of financial support unless he or she is unable to hold gainful employment and has a qualifying medical condition. According to the SSA, the mental disorders that may qualify a person include the following:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Autism
  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Cognitive delays
  • Anxiety

People with serious cases of the above disorders are presumably unable to work or work regularly because of their diagnosis. However, simply because your illness is not on this list does not necessary mean that you cannot secure benefits. Before you make assumptions about eligibility or disability benefits, you would be wise to seek a complete explanation of your options. 

Determining eligibility for a mental disorder

It can be difficult to secure disability benefits for a mental condition due to the fact that these disorders can be difficult to properly diagnose and identify. When applying for benefits, you would be wise to include any documentation and evidence that supports your claim. It is possible that you may have to submit to further evaluation to validate the severity of your issue.

Navigating the claims 

When it comes to determining if you should even file for benefits or if your condition qualifies you for benefits, there is much at stake. You do not have to take on the process alone, and you should seek support and answers from the very beginning. If you are unable to work, it is crucial to secure disability benefits, and you will find it beneficial to seek a full explanation of your rights.

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