People all across the state of Pennsylvania live with a mental health condition on a daily basis. Many of these individuals have found ways to cope with their illness and lead relatively normal lives. However, there are individuals who are unable to work because of their condition. In these cases, Social Security disability benefits may be available in order to help people make ends meet.
According to some data, up to 35.2 percent of people receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits do so because of a mental health condition. These individuals have had to fight hard for these rights.
It is not easy to receive SSD benefits because of a mental condition. In fact, applications are not reviewed by medical doctors or other individuals qualified as mental health professionals. In fact, many of the people reviewing applications for SSDI and SSI benefit applications have little or no mental health training. Yet they are still the ones reviewing whether or not individuals meet the criteria for benefits.
As a result, individuals need to be very specific in their application process. They need to include as much personal information and information about their medical diagnosis as possible in their application for SSD benefits. This information can make the difference in whether or not a person is approved for benefits or not.
Individuals also need to understand the other qualifications that are required for a successful SSD application. These include the person’s work history and a person’s income. These are requirements that must be met in order for people with mental conditions to qualify for benefits, even if their mental health condition is severe enough. Therefore, individuals should seek help with an attorney to make sure they meet and understand these qualifications.