You must be emotionally attuned with yourself so that you may pick up on early signs of depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, or another severe emotional disability. This may allow you to seek the proper medical treatment and the financial aid needed to obtain it. Namely, this may lead you to apply for the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits program. Please continue reading to learn the signs and how an experienced New Jersey mental & emotional disability SSDI benefits lawyer, at The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur, can help you prove it in your application.

What are signs that I have an emotional disability?

The concerns you may have in how you carry yourself day-to-day may be attached to your having an emotional disability. Without further ado, below are common signs and symptoms that you should look out for:

  • You may have a neurocognitive disorder (i.e., dementia or traumatic brain injury) if:
    • You experience disturbances in memory.
    • You experience disturbances in language and speech.
    • You experience disturbances in visual-spatial functioning.
  • You may have a psychotic disorder (i.e., schizophrenia spectrum) if:
    • You experience paranoia.
    • You experience social withdrawal.
    • You experience a loss of interest or pleasure.
  • You may have a depressive or bipolar disorder if:
    • You experience suicidal ideation.
    • You experience sleep disturbances.
    • You experience feelings of hopelessness or guilt.

It is also worth mentioning that the SSA recognizes eight other categories of emotional disability, which are namely intellectual disorders; anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders; somatic symptom and related disorders; personality and impulse-control disorders; autism spectrum disorder; neurodevelopment disorders; eating disorders; and trauma- and stressor-related disorders. Evidently, these disorders come with their own subsets of signs and symptoms, which may be accessed on the SSA’s website.

What can I do to prove my emotional disability for SSDI benefits?

You may seek SSDI benefits so that you may receive aid for the everyday living expenses, medical bills, and other financial obligations that come with your emotional disability diagnosis. Well, to qualify for these benefits by the SSA’s standards, you must prove that your disorder is so debilitating that it is inhibiting you from obtaining and maintaining gainful employment activity. Additional points that you must make read as follows:

  • You must prove that a trusted mental health provider officially diagnosed your emotional disability.
  • You must prove that you have been diagnosed and thereby suffered through your emotional disability for at least one year thus far.
  • You must prove that the symptoms associated with your emotional disability affected your ability to work and complete daily functions for at least one year thus far.

Without a doubt, the next step that you should take is to employ a skilled New Jersey SSDI eligibility lawyer. So please reach out to us at The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur immediately.