People suffering from mental illness and psychiatric disorders qualify for Social Security Disability (SSI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) that meet the criteria set by the Social Security Administration. Many people don’t realize that SSD and SSI benefits can also be granted because of a combination of physical and mental impairments that leave a worker disabled.
As an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer, Attorney Scott London and his team at LondonEligibility.com have represented thousands of disabled workers whose SSD and SSI benefit claims were based either entirely or partially on a disabling mental disorder or illness.
The human brain is the most complicated organ in our body. Its proper functioning can be affected by a chemical imbalance, traumatic injury, disease, or genetics. The SSD and SSI rules and regulations recognize the wide range of mental impairments that can become disabling.
If you are suffering from a mental disorder or psychiatric illness that interferes with your ability to perform daily functions or prevents you from working enough hours to support yourself, you need an expert SSD attorney who understands how the law works when your mental and emotional state becomes an obstacle to your working life.
Mental Disorders that Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits.
The Social Security Administration uses a manual commonly called the Blue Book defining many of the mental impairments and disorders that can be the basis of an SSD or SSI benefits claim. The Blue Book listing defines what medical evidence, functional limitations, or prior history can be used to show the presence of qualifying mental disorders. Many cases arise where combinations of physical and mental impairments render the applicant eligible for disability benefits.
These mental disorders and their symptoms that qualify for SSD and SSI benefits:
A). Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders (delusional thinking, hallucinations, disordered, speech, odd belief, and paranoia, etc.)
B). Depression (feeling depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, hopelessness, guilt, suicidal ideas, sleep disturbance, sadness, social withdrawal, etc.)
C). Bipolar Disorder (experience irritable mood, depression, elevated mood, hopelessness, guilt, suicidal ideas, sleep disturbance, increased energy, pressured speech, grandiosity, reduced impulse control, euphoria, sadness, social withdrawal)
D). Intellectual Disorder (below-average intellectual functioning with signs of the disorder before age 22, poor social or practical skills, poor conceptual skills)
E). Anxiety (excessive worry, fear, apprehension, feelings of avoidance of places, people, or activities, difficulty concentrating, panic attacks, sleep disturbance)
F). Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) (excessive anxiety, hypervigilance, obsessions, and compulsions, fears about safety, restlessness, muscle tension)
G). Personality and impulse control disorders (pervasive, enduring, maladaptive, inflexible behavior patterns, suspiciousness, social detachment, hypersensitivity to criticism, neediness, perfectionism, excessive or impulsive anger grossly disproportionate to provocation, etc.)
H). Autism Spectrum Disorder (significant deficits in the development of social interaction, communication skills, restricted repetitive behavior, stagnation of development early in life, hyperactivity, short attention span, impulsivity, aggressiveness, or self-injurious actions)
I). Eating Disorders (excessive self-evaluation of body weight and shape, binge eating, recurrent weight loss behavior, self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise, laxative use, menstrual interruption, dental problems, etc.)
J). Trauma and Stress-related disorders (PTSD, distressing memories, dreams, flashbacks to trauma or stressor, avoidance, less interest in significant activities, persistent negative emotional state, anxiety, irritability, exaggerated startling, sleep disturbance, difficulty concentrating)
K). Neurocognitive disorders (impaired functioning of memory, decision making, insight, speech, and other symptoms that may be related to Alzheimer’s, dementia, HIV, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s disease, traumatic brain injury, etc.)
L). Neurodevelopmental disorders (abnormal cognitive processing, learning disabilities, deficient application of verbal and nonverbal information, a deficit in memory, visual perception, impulse control, disorganized ordering of tasks, time, and space, repeated accidental injury, borderline intellectual functioning)
M). Somatic symptoms and related disorders (genuinely feeling physical symptoms that cannot be explained by the general medical condition or another mental disorder or substance use, preoccupation with having acquired serious illness not identifiable, pseudoneurological symptoms, abnormal motor movement, etc.)
Expert SSD and SSI Lawyers and Advocates in Mental Disorder Disability Claims
The best SSD attorney or SSI lawyer is highly skilled at handling SSD claims based on mental disorders. The cases involving mental illness or disorders present special challenges that only an experienced Social Security attorney is prepared for. Those SSD clients who suffer from a mental disorder may need assistance organizing information and documents. They may sometimes be difficult to contact, or they may have difficulty remembering details.
Scott London and LondonEligibility.com are experts in preparing, organizing, and managing your Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income claims. We will assume all the responsibility and keep track of every document and date, ensuring your SSD application is presented with the absolute maximum likelihood of approval.
London Eligibility fights every day to get our disabled clients the SSD and SSI benefits they deserve.
If you think you have a Social Security Disability claim because of a mental disorder or illness, you can trust us to treat your SSD claim like it was our only case. Don’t try to press your SSD or SSI claim alone.