More than 5 million Americans with a mental disorder received Social Security benefits related to that condition. Many others, however, have seen their claims denied and fail to see helpful benefits arrive at their house. People should know the basic guidelines for benefits related to mental conditions.
When you hear post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) being discussed, you likely hear about abuse victims, soldiers who've gone to war and others who've lived to tell about the particularly adverse set of circumstances they've been exposed to in their lives.
Mental health conditions aren't often thought of as being able to qualify a person for disability. This isn't at all the case. You do have the possibility of qualifying if you can prove that you have a mental disability.
When people think of disability claims, they might automatically think of physical disabilities. These aren't the only disabilities that can qualify for disability benefits. Mental health conditions can also qualify as long as they meet the Social Security Administration's (SSA) criteria.
According to the United States Social Security Administration, in order for individuals to receive permanent disability benefits, they must have a disabling condition. Certain disabling conditions are already codified and classified by the SSA in a long list of qualifying diseases. The classification "cognitive disorders," for example, has been defined by the SSA for this purpose.
Social Security, the U.S. federal government's safety net for personal support, contains several options for Americans who need or additional income. Although the most common and familiar form of benefit is for retired or aging Americans, people suffering long-term disabilities that prevent them from working, including those diagnosed with mental disorders, are also eligible from Social Security benefits and related aid.
Suffering from mental health disorders is very common and is nothing to be ashamed of. It is important to seek help if you think that you may be suffering from a mental health condition, and in this case you may also qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). This blog gives an overview of what types of benefits the SSA offers and which types of mental disabilities are covered.
A factitious disorder is a condition where patients consciously and deliberately act as though they have an actual mental or physical illness, but they really do not. At face value, it would seem that would disqualify them from drawing Social Security benefits. But it is a bit more complicated than that.
Social Security Disability claims depend on evidence. This makes some claims easier to to be approved. For instance, an individual suffering from heart disease may have a well-documented medical record, complete with tests, treatments and other evidence detailing the observable physical toll the disease has taken on the individual's heart.
One of the most difficult types of Social Security disability claims is that of a mental impairment. Medicine in the U.S. is materialistic, in that physical ailments and diseases or conditions that create physical evidence are typically considered more "real" than mental or psychological impairments.