Data has shown that one in five individuals in the United States will suffer from a mental health condition in a given year. With that, one in 25 individuals will suffer from a “serious” mental health condition. Continue reading to learn whether you can receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits for your mental health conditions and how an experienced attorney of SSDI eligibility in New Jersey, at The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur, can help you in obtaining them.
How may my mental health conditions limit my ability to work?
It is not commonly understood just how significant of an effect that mental health conditions can have on one’s ability to work. Examples of how such conditions can serve as limitations are as follows:
- A mental disability may affect one’s ability to concentrate on work-related tasks or grasp work-related information.
- A mental disability may affect one’s ability to deal with the pressure of multitasking.
- A mental disability may affect one’s energy levels.
- A mental disability may affect one’s ability to respond to constructive feedback from managers or other authoritative figures.
- A mental disability may affect one’s ability to adapt to job-related changes or overall changes in the workplace.
- A mental disability may affect one’s ability to partake in social interactions or otherwise group projects.
- A mental disability may require medications that carry side effects that may affect one’s ability to perform manual, visual, and cognitive functions.
How may I receive SSDI benefits for my mental health conditions?
It is assumed that SSDI benefits are only for individuals with physical health conditions that inhibit their ability to gain and maintain employment. However, contrary to popular belief, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will offer SSDI benefits to individuals who suffer from mental health conditions, as well, such as anxiety, panic disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, etc.
Proving to the SSA that you are eligible for SSDI benefits may pose a difficulty. So, you should collect enough evidence that points to the following:
- Your mental disability has been diagnosed by a medical professional.
- Your mental disability comes with symptoms that have affected you for one year or more.
- Your mental disability comes with symptoms that have caused a change in your ability to work.
- Your mental disability comes with symptoms that have caused a change in your ability to complete daily functions.
With all that being said, if you are unable to maintain gainful employment, you must do everything in your power to earn the benefits that you rightfully deserve. If you require guidance with how to navigate the process, you must reach out to a skilled New Jersey SSDI attorney today. We look forward to receiving your call.