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Could your mental health be grounds for a disability claim?

West Virginia readers understand that certain medical issues and physical injuries could be valid grounds to seek disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. These benefits are also available to individuals who have mental disorders. These conditions are not always visible or noticeable, but they can be debilitating and impact a person's ability to work.

If you are struggling with a mental disorder that affects your ability to work and hold gainful employment, you could be eligible for benefits. However, actually obtaining these benefits can be a difficult and complex process. If you believe you have grounds to pursue financial support on the basis of a mental condition, you may find it beneficial to seek help as you do so.

How can I know if I qualify?

Simply having a mental disorder does not necessarily qualify you for disability benefits. There must be evidence your condition precludes you from working and will last for a long time or the rest of your life. Some conditions that the SSA views as potentially disabling for some applicants include the following:

  • Autism disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Mental retardation

These are conditions that most consider inherently disabling, but the SSA evaluates eligibility on a case-by-case basis. If you are struggling with a disability that is not on this list, you could still be eligible for disability benefits.

It is smart to seek an evaluation of your case in order to better understand your options for seeking disability financial support. With help, you can pursue the support you need and deserve. Even if your initial claim comes back denied, you can continue your fight through reconsideration requests and appeals. The process of applying for and securing benefits can be complex, difficult and frustrating, but you do not have to walk through it alone.

Your options for when you cannot work

If a mental disorder has affected your life and left you unable to work, you may feel unsure of what to do next or how you will support your family. Disability benefits could be a valid option for you on the basis of your mental condition, but you do not have to walk through the application process alone.

A complete evaluation of your case is a smart first step in your pursuit of benefits. This will allow you to understand your options and rights before you move forward with the benefits application process.

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