Benefits through the Social Security Disability Insurance Program — SSDI — can be life-altering if you are unable to work because of a disability. However, SSDI benefits are often talked about in terms of physical disabilities, leaving many people in New Jersey with the false belief that they cannot qualify if they have a mental or emotional disorder. Men and women who are suffering from depression, bipolar disorder or anxiety may indeed qualify for benefits.
Living with depression
Depression often looks different from person to person. It may also be temporary, such as postpartum depression or seasonal affective depression, or a permanent fixture of your life. Symptoms of depression can make it hard to function on a daily basis or hold down a job:
- Low energy
- Mood disturbances
- Sleep disturbances
- Thoughts of death
Living with bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder is characterized by drastic changes in mood, typically between low and high energy periods. Many people with bipolar disorder experience distinct depressive and manic episodes. Oscillating between these two extremes makes it difficult for many people with bipolar disorder to maintain employment.
Living with anxiety
Having anxiety or another panic disorder is more than just feeling a little worried some of the time. Anxiety typically invades most aspects of your life until you are no longer able to function. Many people with anxiety suffer from panic attacks, which can cause:
- Breathing difficulties
- Chest pain
Working can be impossible if you have a mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder or anxiety. You still deserve to live your life with a sense of dignity and financial stability regardless of your mental health, though. You can learn more about the process for securing SSDI benefits in New Jersey by visiting our website.