Mental Illness Disability Benefits

Apr 28, 2011 No Comments by

Social Security does pay mental illness disability benefits. They are the same types of disability benefits paid for physical illness.

Many psychiatric disorders can qualify for mental illness disability benefits from Social Security, including bipolar disorder (also known as manic depressive illness), depression, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, organic brain syndrome, borderline disorder and some personality disorders. While some diagnoses usually have worse consequences than others, the main issue is not so much the diagnosis as the degree of impairment.

If you want to get mental illness disability benefits, you need to realize that they are definitely not going to give you the benefits unless you apply for them. People with serious mental illness can find filing a claim to be a huge barrier. If that is a problem for you, get help from family and friends or a lawyer.

To get mental illness disability benefits, you need to get under psychiatric care and stay under psychiatric care (unless your problem is stable organic brain syndrome which is untreatable). If you’re not under psychiatric care, basically, the unstated question at Social Security will be “If you’re so disabled by psychiatric illness, why don’t you see a psychiatrist?” Answers like “I’m getting treatment from my family doctor” or “I don’t want to see another psychiatrist because the last one put me on some medicine that made me feel like a zombie” don’t work very well. Family doctor treatment is not enough if you’re so sick and the solution to being prescribed medications that don’t agree with you is not to run away and never see your psychiatrist again but to tell the psychiatrist so he or she can change your medications.

If you want help with getting mental illness disability benefits, contact us. We represent lots of people who are trying to get mental illness disability benefits.

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Charles Hall is the lead attorney for the Charles Hall Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He has been practicing in the Social Security Disability law field since 1979, is published, and is ready to help new clients win their benefits in North Carolina.