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Can You Get Social Security Disability for a Mental Illness?

Social Security disability is a benefit available to people who are no longer able to work. However, many people only think about this with regard to physical conditions. In fact, Social Security disability claims can be filed if a person is diagnosed with mental illness. These cases aren’t always as straightforward, though, due to the nature of these conditions. Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering filing for Social Security disability due to mental illness.

First, the symptoms of mental illness aren’t as clear-cut as those of a physical illness or injury. Signs of conditions like depression or bipolar disorder aren’t always the same from one day to the next. That means it’s more difficult for a claims examiner to determine the extent of your condition. Furthermore, the examiners may not be as aware of mental illnesses as they are of physical conditions. They may not fully understand how difficult it is for you to work.

Unfortunately, there are also some disability claims examiners who don’t evaluate these cases objectively. They may think an individual is making up the condition so they can qualify for benefits. This is complicated by the fact that many mental illnesses can’t be proven through tests or other evaluations.

So what should you do if you’re dealing with mental illness and are no longer able to work? First, make sure you’re talking with a doctor and have a treatment plan in place. Then contact a Social Security disability attorney to find out if you have a valid case. If you qualify, the attorneys at Jordan Law Firm will do everything they can to get you the benefits you deserve. Call our Rock Hill or Columbia, SC offices today to schedule a consultation.