Denied SSDI benefits for your mental disability? That doesn’t mean that you don’t have a valid claim. Here are four common reasons why SSDI applications for mental illness are often denied.

  1. Lack of details in your medical records. Many doctors and mental health offices take poor or incomplete client notes. There may not be enough information in your medical records to support your disability claim.
  2. You have no record of mental treatment. If you don’t have a record of mental health treatment for the condition listed on the disability application, the Social Security Administration will not be able to approve your application. This can happen if you are prescribed antidepressants by a family doctor, or if you were hospitalized but didn’t go to your follow-up appointments.
  3. You are not taking your prescribed medications. The Social Security Administration is interested in what you are able to do within the limits of your disability. If you aren’t following your doctor’s treatment plan, it is not possible to determine your limitations. Some people don’t take medications because they lack health insurance and cannot afford expensive drugs. If this is true for you, let the SSA know that you can’t afford your medication. This is an acceptable nonmedical excuse for failing to follow your treatment plan.
  4. Your mental disability has not lasted a year or is not expected to last at least a year. To qualify for SSDI, your disability must last at least a year. If you have a temporary mental health condition, you will not qualify for SSDI benefits. Talk to your Massachusetts disability attorney about other options.

To learn more about getting disability benefits for mental health problems, request a free copy of The Five Most Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security Disability. To discuss your claim with a Massachusetts SSDI lawyer, contact Keefe Disability Law at 888-904-6847.

John L. Keefe
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