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Social Security Disability Benefits for Mental Disorders

May is Mental Health Awareness month and as such it’s important to recognize that the Social Security Administration provides disability benefits to people who suffer from select mental disorders. Conditions that qualify for Social Security disability insurance are often (and mistakenly) thought of in strict physical terms. However, severe mental disorders often prevent people from gainful employment, which is why the SSA approves some of these disorders for benefits. If you or someone you love suffers from a mental disorder that prevents them from working they may be entitled to receive disability benefits and should contact a Social Security lawyer in Orange for a consultation.

Mental disorders are tricky to evaluate as they often manifest in different ways in different people. Each disorder is evaluated according to its own set of criteria and an applicant must be able to prove that said criteria is met in order to receive SSDI. As with all conditions, both physical and mental, you also must prove that you are receiving and complying with the treatment of your condition. This is of the utmost importance as if there is any indication of a lack of cooperation on your part the SSA will not approve you for benefits. Talk to a Social Security lawyer in Orange to get a better understanding if you qualify.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration every year approximately 42.5 million American adults (almost 1 in 5) suffer from some kind of mental illness. Now, not all these adults have a mental illness so debilitating that it prevents them from working but some certainly do. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness as of 2013 35.2% of SSDI recipients qualify for disability based on a mental health condition. This is to say there is a large precedent for mental health disorders being approved for SSDI, so schedule your case evaluation with a Social Security lawyer in Orange right away.

The Law Office of Norman J. Homen specializes in Social Security law and helping people receive the benefits they need. If you have a condition that prevents you from working contact a Social Security lawyer in Orange at the Law Offices of Norman J. Homen to see how you might qualify for disability benefits. Call today to schedule your appointment.