A significant number of Americans struggle with severe psychological disorders. Consequences of the disorders can make it impossible for these individuals to create social relations and maintain gainful employment. Unfortunately, due to common misconceptions, these victims of mental and emotional disorders often avoid seeking government financial assistance to evade the negative social stigma attached to Social Security Disability benefits.

What types of common myths can impact an individual’s decision to apply for SSD benefits?

  • Easily corrected disorders: It is a pervasive myth that mental and emotional disabilities can be easily cured – either the individual can simply “snap out” of the problem or a daily pill will reduce their suffering. Unfortunately, many forms of anxiety, depression and dementia cannot be reduced or eliminated. A lifelong course of treatment could possibly make the symptoms manageable to a certain degree, but they might never go away.
  • Learning deficiencies: While many mental disorders manifest as learning disabilities, it is not a common consequence across all categories. The myth continues, however, that mental disabilities somehow equate to a less than successful educational experience.
  • Dangerous disorders: From books and movies to news stories and anecdotal evidence, there is a pervasive myth that those struggling with a mental or emotional disability have a propensity toward violence. Many disorders have their roots in social anxiety or depression, causing an individual to actively avoid interactions. Certain factors make individuals prone to violence whether they suffer from a mental disability or not.

Do not let these myths and the social stigma surrounding mental disabilities impact your decision to seek financial assistance from a government program.

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits exist to help individuals avoid financial peril. Those suffering from mental or physical disabilities often find it impossible to maintain gainful employment and would face unmanageable debt without financial assistance. If you have questions regarding your eligibility for SSDI, it is wise to discuss your concerns with an experienced attorney.