How Does Mental Health Affect Eligibility For SSDI?

The Social Security Administration recognizes that certain mental health conditions can prevent a person from working, thus qualifying them for Social Security Disability benefits. However, there are challenges in winning these types of cases.

If your application for Social Security Disability benefits has been denied or you have hesitated applying for benefits because you don't think you are eligible, we invite you to call us at 800-789-4345.

It may be possible for you to obtain the benefits you need and deserve.

Mental Health And Disability

The key to getting Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits based on a mental disorder is to get treatment from a mental health professional — and to continue that treatment. You must:

  • Meet regularly with a psychiatrist, mental health counselor or nurse practitioner
  • Regularly take all prescribed medications

The challenge though, is that many people who suffer from mental illness refuse to follow the instructions given them. Whatever your situation, a lawyer at our firm can review your case and explain how we can help you.

Abuse of alcohol or drugs can present additional challenges, but it does not necessarily prevent a person from qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits. If your drug or alcohol addiction is determined to be material to you disability, Social Security cannot award you benefits. The abuse of illegal drugs, prescription medications, and alcohol (mind altering substances) are generally deemed "material" or is deemed to exacerbate symptoms of a person suffering from a mental impairment.

We Welcome Difficult Cases

Headquartered in Destin, Southeast Disability Advocates has been helping people in Florida, Alabama and other states obtain disability benefits since 1993. We take cases other attorneys don't, because we feel confident in our abilities to collect necessary medical information and present it to the Social Security Administration in a compelling way.

Whether your case involves a schizophrenic disorder, depression, anxiety or another disabling mental condition, we can represent you. Southeast Disability Advocates stands ready to do everything we can to help you obtain SSDI or SSI benefits.

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Contact Southeast Disability Advocates by calling 800-789-4345 to learn how we can help you.