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Applying for disability benefits if you have a mental illness

On Behalf of | Aug 8, 2019 | Social Security Disability Benefits For Mental Conditions

The stigma that once defined mental illness and how it impacted Oklahoma residents and people across the nation has largely dissipated. Increasingly, people from all walks of life are feeling emboldened to seek treatment when they are suffering from mental illness, emotional illness or any other issue that is not clear to the naked eye with physical manifestations. While these issues might not be obvious when looking at a person, they are undoubtedly real and can be just as severe and debilitating as physical impairments and conditions.

Oftentimes, people are not even aware they are suffering from a mental condition. They might understand depression, mood swings, anxiety, obsessive-compulsion and other mental and emotional issues, but they have not been diagnosed. That could be due to a reluctance to seek treatment. Or, they simply do not understand that there could be a diagnosable reason for why they are suffering from these problems. These conditions can keep a person from living a fulfilling life, working and contributing to society. Seeking SSD benefits can be a reasonable step to get treatment and receive support to make ends meet.

There are many mental disorders on the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments. Even if the exact diagnosis is not there, it is possible that a comparable condition will allow a person to meet the requirements to get benefits. Whether it is depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, learning issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, autism, personality disorders or any other mental and emotional condition, Social Security Disability benefits for mental conditions could be available.