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Can I Get Social Security Disability for Mental Illness?

Social Security Disability benefits provide for you when you're too sick or injured to work. Physical illness is not the only type of illness that could prevent you from holding a job. If you suffer from a serious mental illness, this can also prevent you from working. 

Because mental illnesses can be disabling, the Social Security Administration allows individuals with qualifying mental illnesses to obtain Social Security Disability benefits if their mental illness makes gainful employment impossible. A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help those who are suffering from mental illness to try to make a successful claim for disability benefits. 

​Obtaining Disability Benefits for Mental Illness

​The Social Security Administration has a "Blue Book" or list of impairments that can qualify you for benefits, provided you can prove you have a listed condition and associated symptoms. Within the Blue Book, Section 12.00 is dedicated to the types of mental disorders that can make you eligible for benefits. 

Many different mental disorders are listed including schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, compulsive disorders, and personality disorders. Autism, developmental disorders, and eating disorders are also among the different kinds of mental disorders listed. 

However, just having a diagnosis of one of these disorders doesn't mean you will definitely get benefits. You need to prove your mental disorder is accompanied by certain symptoms as specified by the SSA and you need to show it prevents you from holding any job you're qualified to do. A disability benefits lawyer in Los Angeles can help you to make your claim and maximize the chances you'll get benefits.

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Saturday, 23 March 2019