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A Mental Disability Claim Can Be Complex

As with physical disabilities, those claiming Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits must be able to prove that their mental disorder prevents them from being able to work. However, it is often more difficult to prove mental impairment, as opposed to physical disability.

At the Law Offices of Sharon J. Meyers, our lawyers have extensive experience handling mental illness disability claims and appeals for clients throughout the metro Kansas City area and in Kansas.

But Our Attorneys Understand That Not All Disabilities Are Visible

The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains an official list of mental impairments recognized as possibly disabling. Anyone suffering from one of the listed ailments may be unable to perform “substantial gainful activity,” a term used by the SSA to measure a person’s ability to work. These ailments include, but are not limited to:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Autistic disorders
  • Mental retardation
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

In order to be approved for SSDI benefits for a mental health impairment, you must have a diagnosis from a psychologist or psychiatrist. Claimants with ongoing mental symptoms such as depression or memory loss sometimes are sent for an exam because they lack a recent medical evaluation (within the past 60 days), or perhaps never sought treatment before.

The doctors who examine you will be particularly interested in episodes of “decompensation,” which is essentially the deterioration of skill sets that were previously functioning at an adequate level. Decompensation often is the result of prolonged stress, fatigue or psychiatric illness.

We’ll Help You Move Your Sophisticated Disability Case Forward Today

Our experienced attorneys and support team understand the unique challenges of Social Security Disability applicants who suffer from mental illness. If your initial disability claim has been denied, we encourage you to take advantage of a free consultation in which we will review the facts of your case and recommend the best steps to take next. Call 816-787-0942 or email us to schedule an appointment.