Both the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs pay benefits to those suffering from mental illnesses. In these cases, Social Security decides whether your mental illness symptoms make you unable to work full-time for at least a year or more.
Mental illness falls into different categories, such as depression and anxiety. Social Security recognizes other forms of mental illness, too, that affect your ability to function day-to-day.
Sometimes people ask our attorneys if mental illness can be a legitimate disability. It is. Proving mental illness, however, can be more challenging than physical impairments. Physical problems can be easier to see and measure than some mental problems. This does not make mental illnesses any less real. Mental illness can also be measured and tracked in special ways through diagnoses, documentation of symptoms, and treatment by mental health professionals.
Evidence of your mental illness is important in your Social Security benefits claim. Social Security decides whether you qualify for benefits based primarily on your medical records from your mental illness treatment. Therefore, it is very important that you treat regularly with your team of mental health professionals and do your best to follow their advice. Regular and appropriate mental health treatment is the best way for Social Security to know the truth about how bad your mental illness is.
While our attorneys at Hoglund Law Offices agree that your main goal with mental health treatment is to get better, mental illness treatment can take time, ongoing care, and regular medications. Your mental health can also get worse over time despite treatment. Our experienced attorneys at Hoglund Law Offices take the time to personally review your mental health treatment records to understand how your symptoms interfere with your life. We are here to help you get approved for Social Security benefits.