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Seeking Social Security Disability for mental illness

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 26.2 percent of American adults struggle with a mental disorder that is diagnosable.
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    February 08, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Seeking Social Security Disability for mental illness

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When people in Hanover County think of someone who is disabled, they often picture someone who struggles with a disease or mental incapacity. Few think about someone with a mental illness. However, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, 26.2 percent of American adults struggle with a mental disorder that is diagnosable. In many cases, people may even be able to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance.

Mental disorders

A mental disorder can be a condition that a person develops as a child or one that is brought on by severe stress and other factors. Common mental disorders and illnesses include:
-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - While many associate PTSD with war veterans, this mental illness can occur in people who have experienced a traumatic event in their lives such as a devastating tornado, a criminal act, accidents or even acts of terrorism. The patient is in a constant fight or flight response and can struggle with nightmares, flashbacks and fear of places.
-Antisocial Personality Disorder - People who have this disorder do not care about other people's feelings or personal rights. They appear to have no respect for laws and are known to act impulsively.
-Generalized Anxiety Disorder - Over six million Americans struggle with this disorder. Symptoms vary, depending on the severity of the anxiety and can worsen when people are under a great amount of stress, interfering with daily activities.
-Major Depressive Disorder - People under severe depression are often unable to work, eat, sleep or enjoy the simplest activities. There are many types of depression and symptoms can expand over a wide spectrum including thoughts, physical problems and loss of interest.
-Schizophrenia - One of the most common symptoms of this illness is the hearing of voices. For some patients, the voices can be frightening and they may believe that they are in danger or that someone is controlling them. Another symptom includes seeing things that are not there.

In some cases, people are able to go about a normal life with proper treatment while in others, the mental illness is so severe that they are unable to function in regular environments.

Qualifying for SSDI

In order to qualify for SSDI, the Social Security Administration requires applicants to show proof of their illness, proof that the illness interferes with their daily life and proof that the illness does not allow them to focus on work tasks. Applicants should try to gather as much evidence as they can, including medical, mental and psychological evaluations, doctors' statements, their own statements about their limitations related to the illness, statements from family and friends and any work history.

The application process for SSDI is a complicated one and can take months to be evaluated. In order to prevent unnecessary claim denials, people should meet with an experienced attorney who can help them understand what is needed.

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