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Will a Mental Disorder Qualify Me for Social Security Disability Benefits?

By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on August 14, 2012 | In Social Security Disability

Social Security disability (SSD) benefits cover a wide range of both physical and mental disabilities. Generally speaking, a mental disorder must cause a “marked or serious impairment” of daily functions, be expected to last at least one year, and/or be expected to cause the death of the person who has it.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes several types of mental disorders which may qualify a person for Social Security disability benefits. Like physical disabilities, mental disabilities are evaluated based on medical records, reports from other professionals like teachers or counselors, and descriptions by the disabled person of how the mental condition makes it difficult or impossible to carry out everyday tasks.

One piece of information the SSA focuses on is how well treatments for a mental condition are helping the person who has it. For instance, some people do well on medication, while others do not. Psychological therapy may help some people handle everyday tasks, but it may not help everyone. The SSA looks at what therapies are appropriate for your condition, which ones you have tried, and how helpful or unhelpful any of them have been. If you still cannot perform many daily living tasks even with appropriate treatment, the SSA is more likely to decide you qualify for benefits.

If you’ve been diagnosed with a mental disorder and need help getting disability or other benefits, a hardworking Ventura County Social Security disability benefits attorney at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office can help. Call us today at (800) 438-7734 for a free and confidential consultation.

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