Social Security Disability for Mental Illness in Detroit
If you’re suffering from a mental illness, you know how debilitating it can be.
To outsiders, you may appear to be in perfect health. On the inside, you’re struggling to do routine things like getting out of bed, getting dressed and facing the day.
Anxiety, depression, guilt, hopelessness and worry follow you everywhere.
It can become downright impossible to focus on work and perform well in your job. That’s when your mental health problems turn into money problems, which just makes a hard situation worse.
You need to know that help is out there for you—not just from health care providers, but financially, too.
When you can’t work because of your health, you can get monthly checks from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to help you through a dark time. Disability benefits also qualify you for Medicare health coverage after a waiting period.
The trouble is, winning disability income is hard. Most people get denied and need to appeal. Proving a mental health problem to Social Security comes with its own challenges, because it’s not the type of condition that can be confirmed with physical tests.
But have no doubt about this: Mental illness absolutely is covered by Social Security disability. And if you get a skilled lawyer to help you apply for benefits, it can make a difference in your case.
The lawyers at Levine Benjamin Law Firm have helped thousands of people win benefits.
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Is My Mental Condition Covered by Social Security Disability?
You’re far from alone if you need disability benefits for a mental health condition.
In fact, research from 2016 shows that nearly a third of all SSDI recipients were receiving benefits because of mental illnesses, including:
- Bipolar disorder
- Eating disorders
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Often, the stress of being unable to work because of a physical impairment also comes with anxiety, depression and other mental health problems.
An experienced lawyer knows how to present all of the health problems you’re facing to give you the best chance of winning disability benefits.
How to Prove Your Mental Illness Makes You Incapable of Working
Proving your specific case for disability benefits for mental illness can be difficult.
Part of the reason is that you’re suffering from an invisible disability—one that outsiders can’t automatically recognize, compared to if you were in a wheelchair, or using a walker, for example.
No matter what health problems you have, the process of filing for benefits is long and complex. It’s difficult for anyone, and even more so for people whose illness makes it hard to focus and concentrate.
To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must prove that your mental illness does these three things:
- Makes it impossible for you to do the work you used to do
- Makes it impossible for you to adjust to different work
- Will last at least one year
The key to winning your benefits is providing medical evidence. This evidence comes in two major forms:
- Medical sources—such as test results and observations from your doctor or other health care providers
- Non-medical sources—such as reports from people who personally know you
Social Security wants as much “objective medical evidence” as possible, meaning concrete evidence from sources other than you.
That can include observations from health care providers, records of hospitalizations, details of your ongoing treatment and information about medications you’re taking.
It’s absolutely crucial that you show a record of seeking regular health care for your mental health problems, such as continuing visits to psychiatrists or psychologists.
Getting Help from a Trusted SSDI Attorney
When you can’t work because of mental health problems, it’s a highly personal situation. You need help from someone who treats your case with dignity and respect.
The lawyers at Levine Benjamin believe in providing personal attention for your case.
For decades now, Levine Benjamin has helped over 50,000 people win the Social Security disability benefits they deserve—benefits that help put food on the table and keep a roof over your head during the most challenging time in your life.
Many clients come to us with mental health conditions. We know how to navigate Social Security’s special legal system to get the benefits you need.
Don’t let the seemingly overwhelming task of applying for Social Security disability benefits stop you from even beginning the process.
Call us. We’ll evaluate your case for FREE. And you’ll pay no attorney’s fee until you win disability income.
From applying to appealing, we help you every step of the way.