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Disability benefits for children with autism

Social Security disability benefits are not limited to adults. Children in Ohio with qualifying disabilities, such as autism, may be evaluated by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as well. The SSA will generally determine the level of a child's impairment by comparing their mental functioning to other children of the same age who do not have impairments.

Social Security disability benefits for anxiety disorders

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress, however it can also be a debilitating mental disorder that interferes with one's ability to work. In that case, filing for disability may be a good option.

Adults with Autism: may qualify for disability benefits

Social Security disability benefits are available to those who suffer from qualifying medical conditions, both physical and mental. The Social Security Administration defines an eligible candidate as a person who isn't able to work due to a long-term medical condition - lasting more than a year - or one that could lead to death. One particular mental condition that may qualify for benefits is Autism.

SSDI benefits for children with intellectual disability

For many people in Ohio, disabilities are caused by injuries or illnesses, afflicting primarily adults. On occasion, however, conditions that manifest themselves in childhood can be the basis for an award of disability benefits. One such condition is an "intellectual disability," formerly called mental retardation. In this post, we will review the fundamentals of Social Security Disability benefits for this condition.

SSDI benefits for anxiety disorders

Many people in Ohio suffer from the emotional or mental disorder known as anxiety or stress. Sometimes, the effects of this disorder can interfere with a person's ability to work, In this post, we will review the requirements of the Social Security Administration or SSA for obtaining disability benefits for personality disorders related to stress and anxiety.

Obtaining disability benefits for mental illness

Many people in Ohio think of a disability in terms of an illness or injury that interferes with a person's physical ability to work. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration ("SSA") takes a much broader view of the concept of "disability/" Persons suffering from mental illness can obtain social security disability benefits for mental conditions if they can meet the SSA's requirements.

Can a person get disability benefits for PTSD?

Social security disability benefits are available to any Ohio resident who is prevented from working by a mental or physical injury or condition. As doctors expand their understanding of the human psyche, a number of mental conditions have been added to the list of qualifying conditions. One of the most important additions is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sometimes called post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Consultative Examinations for SSDI and intellectual disorders

Over the past few months, this blog has gone into some of the specifics that the Social Security Administration requires when it requests a Consultative Examination (CE) for an individual applying for Social Security Disability Insurance on the basis of a mental disorder. Ohio residents who need to get a CE because of an SSDI application based on psychological disability can expect that the doctor conducting the exam will prepare a report on the person's mental status as well as based on an examination of his or her physical, social and familial conditions.

What are the components of a consultative evaluation for SSDI?

About a month ago we discussed some of the information that a treating physician in Ohio might give to the Social Security Administration (SSA) after completing a Consultative Evaluation (CE.) This evaluation is sometimes requested by the SSA when the application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income does not contain enough information for a decision to be made. The CE might be done by the applicant's own doctor, or a medical professional chosen by SSA. These examinations are generally more common in applications concerning mental conditions, as these conditions may be harder to prove through physical evidence than those based upon physical disabilities.

What info does a doctor provide after a CE for mental illness?

We have previously discussed the possibility of Ohio applicants for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income being sent for a Consultative Evaluation by the Social Security Administration. This generally happens when there is not enough evidence for the SSA to make a determination on the applicant's eligibility for benefits. As we have touched on, the agency prefers to send the applicant to his or her normal doctor for these evaluations, though sometimes an independent source will be used. Due to the complexity of, and often lesser available objective tests for, determining mental illness, these types of cases may be more likely to use CEs.

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