Within the last decade, there has been more research and information about the effects of mental health conditions. Although a stigma still exists surrounding mental illness, there have been great strides made in humanizing these conditions. If you have a mental health condition that prevents you from working, you may qualify for a government disability program.
What is the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability?
In order to qualify for disability benefits, you must be able to prove that you are incapable of any form of gainful employment. This means that you cannot continue to work in the job you most recently held and are unable to work in any capacity due to your disability.
What mental health conditions qualify for disability?
The SSA has a blue book of conditions that already meet their standards. If your condition matches the symptoms and effects of an already approved condition, you may also qualify for benefits.
These are some of the conditions that are included in the SSA’s blue book:
- Bipolar Disorder (I or II)
- Panic Disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Tourette’s Syndrome
Should I apply for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income?
If you have worked and contributed into Social Security for at least five of the last ten years, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). You must also be able to prove that your condition prevents you from working for at least twelve months.
Since Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is not based on your work history, you may decide to apply if you do not have enough work credits. If you have limited income and can prove your disability directly impacts your ability to hold a job, you may qualify for SSI. This program is based on financial need, so it may be possible to receive both SSDI and SSI benefits.
How can a Social Security Disability Lawyer help me?
Hiring a Social Security Disability lawyer can help you understand the regulations and process for disability benefits. Should you be denied, an attorney can help you with the appeals process. The team at Rob Levine & Associates is ready to advocate for you and help you get the benefits you deserve. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.