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Mental disorders: How to get Social Security Disability benefits

A mental disorder can be every bit as damaging and frustrating as a physical injury. If you’re suffering from any type of mental disorder, you may be in a position to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

A variety of mental impairments are covered by the Social Security Administration (SSA), including but not limited to the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Autistic disorders
  • Schizophrenia

If you’re currently suffering from one or more of these mental disorders, it may be time to learn more about your ability to receive SSD benefits. Before you do anything, it’s a good idea to better understand how the SSA assesses your condition.

There are very few tests for evaluating the severity of a person’s mental disorder, making it difficult to determine if it’s affecting their ability to do their job. Furthermore, some disorders, such as depression, come and go.

If you can’t provide enough information and evidence to back up your disability claim, you’ll need to meet with an independent physician who can conduct a mental consultative exam. The exam is paid for by the SSA, with the results sent to your local agency within 10 days. This will result in either an approval or denial.

A mental disorder has the potential to impact your life in many ways, including your ability to do your job. If you’re in this position, don’t continue to fight through each day. Instead, consult with a medical professional and learn more about your ability to receive SSD benefits. This is better than sitting back and hoping that your condition improves.

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