Mental conditions are not exempt from Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. In fact, these issues are discussed in Section 12 of the Blue Book published by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Here’s some advice on applying for Social Security benefits for mental conditions.
The mental conditions covered by the SSA in the Blue Book include the following:
— Anxiety disorders
— Affective disorders
— Mental retardation
— Somatoform disorders
— Organic mental disorders
— Substance addiction
— Personality disorders
— Paranoia, schizophrenia and psychotic disorders
In order to apply for these benefits you must first contact the SSA and inform them of your intent to file a claim. An interview will be scheduled and an examiner will take a look at the information you have submitted to this point about your mental condition. The examiner will then make a decision regarding your claim. Some two-thirds of the time, the initial claim is denied.
Claims tend to be denied twice until they are heard by an Administrative Law judge and then approved. You will be asked to attend a hearing in front of the judge, who will question you regarding your condition. The judge will also question your doctors and psychiatrists before issuing a decision.
It can be more difficult for people with mental conditions to acquire benefits because these conditions are harder to prove compared to physical disabilities or injuries. Although this can be daunting for those applying, never give up your right to acquire SSD benefits for mental conditions.
The filing process for disability benefits for mental conditions is the same as the filing process for benefits for physical disabilities. Despite this, you should still consult an experienced attorney to handle your case.
Do you or a loved one suffer from mental conditions covered in the SSA Blue Book? Contact our firm in Philadelphia today to discuss your condition and acquire help with applying for SSD benefits for mental conditions.