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Does a mental condition preclude you from working?

On Behalf of | Feb 8, 2017 | Personal Injury |

Many Minnesota residents struggle with mental conditions or issues, yet many of them are able to deal with these matters in a way that allows them to have productive, successful careers. It is difficult to manage these conditions perfectly, and, as a result, people may sometimes find that they are unable to work for a period of time. If you are in this situation, you have options; you could be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.

Understanding Social Security Disability Insurance benefits

Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, grants benefits to people who are disabled with a condition that medical care providers expect to last for a certain amount of time. These benefits are only available to individuals who have a valid work history and a record of contributing to Social Security. The number of years worked and amount contributed will determine the amount of benefits available.

Does your mental condition make you eligible?

Social Security has a list of mental conditions and issues that could be grounds for disability benefits. You may have a valid reason to move forward with a benefits claim if you are currently unable to work due to one of the following issues:

  • Neurocognitive disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Depressive and related disorders
  • Intellectual disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Autism disorders
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Trauma disorders

Your condition may be unseen and unnoticed by most people, but that does not mean that you do not have a genuine health concern. You may not be able to work at the moment due to factors beyond your control, but that in no way precludes you from seeking benefits from Social Security. Before you move forward with the application process, it is best to seek a full understanding of eligibility requirements.

Moving forward with the right legal help

Applying for SSDI benefits is a complicated process, and many applicants experience the disappointment of a denied initial claim. If your claim came back denied for any reason, you have the right to continue to fight for benefits by filing an appeal.

The SSA may say your condition does not make you eligible or that you have not presented sufficient evidence of a debilitating mental condition, which is why it is important to work with an experienced lawyer from the very beginning of the application process. With the right legal guidance, you have a much better chance of a successful claim or appeal.



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