5 Ways Mental Illness Could Qualify You For SSDIBy Kenton Koszdin on March 1, 2021 | In Uncategorized
The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides a wide variety of qualifiers for conditions and illnesses that could qualify a person for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Among those qualifiers, you’ll notice a vast amount of physical and neurological conditions and illnesses, ranging from Parkinson’s, HIV, chronic heart failure, and so on… but what about disorders and illnesses of the mind?
Certain types of psychological impairments, or mental illness, can be considered qualifying conditions for SSDI benefits – but there are limitations.
There are 5 important factors when it comes to whether your mental disorder could qualify you for receiving SSDI benefits:
- The disorder must be documented by a qualifying medical professional, such as a psychiatrist, as a “marked or serious impairment.”
- Your disorder or condition must have or be expected to have a duration of at least one year or longer, and/or contribute to a decreased life expectancy.
- The disorder must have significant or detrimental effects on your daily functions, meaning your ability to perform everyday tasks required to live and function entirely independently.
- You must have begun seeking out or have already started treatment for the disorder, such as medication trials or targeted psychological therapies (psychoanalysis, talk therapy, cognitive or behavioral therapy, etc.).
- The quality and consistency of your medical records – ranging from doctors’ and psychiatrists’ reports on your visits, treatments, medications, etc., as well as reports from teachers, counselors, or employers regarding how your condition impacts your ability to function.
In summary, the process of qualifying for SSDI based on a mental illness or disorder can be a complex process – but our SSDI experienced attorneys at Kenton Koszdin Law Office, Social Security Attorney in Van Nuys are here to help. Contact us today at (800) 438-7734 to schedule your free and confidential consultation.