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SSDI covers more than just physical disabilities

Most commonly when we think of applying for SSD benefits we think of individuals who have suffered debilitating injuries and have disabling physical conditions. However, there is much more so SSD benefits then just physical disabilities. You may be eligible for SSD if you suffer from a mental health condition as well.

Representing victims of depression in SSD appeals

A previous posthere discussed how residents of Columbia, Missouri, who suffer from severe depression can get Social Security Disability benefits under certain circumstances. However, that post also alluded to the fact that getting these benefits can often be an uphill battle for a variety of reasons.

Can depression qualify me for disability?

Although there has been much more awareness of how serious the condition can be, there is still a lingering preconception that someone who is depressed can simply "snap out" of the condition. As such, it can be hard for people in Columbia, Missouri, even those who may have clinical depression themselves, to believe that someone might actually qualify for Social Security Disability benefits for the condition.

Disability may also be available for mental health conditions

Similar to disability benefits for disabilities caused by a physical health condition, Social Security disability or SSD benefits may also be available for disabilities caused by a mental health condition. Additionally, Supplemental Security Income may also be available for disabled individuals who may not qualify for SSD benefits because they lack the necessary work history required to be eligible. When a mental disorder prevents the disabled individual from working, they may be able to claim SSD benefits.

Understanding how to apply for disability with a mental condition

Social Security disability benefits can be important for individuals suffering with a disability that results from a mental health condition. As is true when a disabled individual is suffering from a physical health condition, disabled individuals who are unable to work because of their mental condition may also be able to obtain Social Security disability benefits to help them with their daily needs.

SSDI benefits for panic attacks

Many Missourians suffer from a mental disorder commonly referred to as "panic attacks." Panic attacks are acute episodes of anxiety that are brought on when the patient faces a particular object or situation. If the level of anxiety is sufficiently severe, the person will be unable to function in a work environment. This post will explain how repeated panic attacks can be the basis for a successful SSD claim for benefits.

Bipolar Disorder and SSDI benefits

The mental condition known as bipolar disorder - formerly called manic depression - afflicts many people in Missouri and elsewhere. The symptoms - alternating moods of severe depression and euphoria - can often be controlled with medication, but severe cases do not always respond to drugs. If the disorder is not effectively controlled, it can severely interfere with a person's relationships and ability to work. In this post, we will review the aspects of bipolar disorder that may allow a person to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.

What are some qualifying mental conditions for SSDI benefits?

Many Missourians suffer from a mental disorder or illness. Some of these diseases, if they are severe, can interfere with a person's ability to work. In such cases, the illness may support a successful claim for Social Security Disability Insurance ("SSDI") benefits. In this post, we will provide an overview of the mental illnesses and symptoms that may qualify for SSDI benefits.

SSDI benefits for drug addiction and alcoholism

In Missouri and many other states, alcoholism and drug addiction afflict thousands of people. Each condition is considered to be a disease, with well-established diagnostic criteria and treatment regimens. In this post, we will discuss the extent to which persons suffering from either of these two diseases may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance ("SSDI") benefits.

Bipolar disorder and SSDI benefits

Some Missouri residents may have experienced bipolar disorder first-hand, either as a patient or as a friend or family of a person with the disorder. The disorder often interferes with a person's ability to work when the depressive features of the disorder are manifest. Sometimes, even the manic aspects of the disorder can cause a person to quit a job when they feel "high" and able carry on without income. In either situation, the disorder has disabling features that can allow an individual to seek Social Security Disability Insurance ("SSDI") benefits.

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