Applying for Social Security disability can be a difficult thing to do. For some, admitting that they are no longer able to work to support their family and loved ones represents a painful loss of control over life. This stress is especially difficult for those suffering from mental health disorders.
The Social Security Disability Program in the United States was established to help people in need, and admitting your need is a first step in regaining control.
The statistics for conditions covered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) disability program include a wide variety of illnesses, injuries and diseases. Of these, mental disorders accounted for 25.2% of all benefits paid out in 2010.
The SSA lists nine diagnostic categories for mental disorders:
- Organic mental disorders
- Schizophrenic, paranoid and other psychic disorders
- Affective disorders
- Mental retardation
- Anxiety related disorders
- Somatoform disorders (Physical Manifetation)
- Personality disorders
- Substance addiction disorders
- Autistic disorder and other pervasive developmental disorders
Perhaps you recognize your own or a family member's disorder on this list. And while many people suffer from some form of mental disorder, if yours has made it impossible for you to work, then you need to consider getting government assistance. The best way to do this is to swallow your pride, get started in the application process and regain control of your life.
Keefe Disability Law offers its Massachusetts clients compassionate, expert advice in every aspect of disability claims, from the initial application, through denials and appeals, relieving you from the burden of endless paperwork and frustration. Let us help you. Call today toll free at 888-904-6847 or fill out the form on this page for a free case review.