If you find it hard to hold down a job because of a severe mental or emotional condition—such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, PTSD, or autism—you might be asking yourself: What are my chances of getting Social Security disability benefits? You may file a claim. The SSA should recognize the claim that prevents you from working and is expected to last at least a year. It can be confusing to understand the SSA requirement for mental illness. It is unfair sometimes that you have to jump through so many hoops. Do not give up if your benefits are denied the first time the appeals process can be done and you may go on to recover benefits.
Mental Illnesses That Are Considered a Disability in Kentucky
- Neurocognitive disorders
- Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
- Depressive, bipolar, and related disorders
- Intellectual disorders
- Anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders
- Somatic symptom and related disorders
- Personality and impulse-control disorder
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Neurodevelopmental disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Trauma and stress-related disorders
Your mental disorder in this listing category is “serious and persistent;” that is, you have a medically documented history of the existence of the disorder over a period of at least 2 years, and there is evidence of both. The SSA also uses umbrella terms under which may different illnesses fall.
If You Are Clinically Diagnosed, How Do You Prove You Cannot Work to SSD?
Family members, friends, social workers, and other key figures whom you interact with regularly are the key to a solid testimony for your mental impairment and its effect on your ability to perform routine functions, interact socially, and most importantly, obtain sufficient employment. Get a note from your physician. prove the prescriptions that have prescribed for you. Document any therapy you have participated in. Show why you can no longer do the work you were hired for and prove you cannot be trained for different work. Plus your illness needs to be a long-term one.
If you have a mental health disorder that prevents you from working, you may be entitled to receive Social Security benefits. Whether you are preparing your disability claim for the first time or appealing your case contact a compassionate attorney to explain your legal options for seeking disability benefits for mental illness.
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