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SSD benefits available for those with mental health conditions

Our readers in Ohio who are familiar with previous posts here know that Social Security Disability benefits are available for those with physical and mental health conditions alike. However, mental conditions are sometimes harder to diagnose and treat than physical conditions are, as there is sometimes no observable “problem” to “solve” with a person who suffers from a mental health condition.

But, just like physical health conditions, an individual who suffers from a mental health condition that impairs his or her ability to work and is expected to last for 12 months or longer may be eligible to receive SSD benefits. The mental health conditions that may qualify an Ohio resident to receive SSD benefits include schizophrenia; post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as “PTSD”; severe depression or anxiety; and bipolar disorder, among others.

One issue with mental health conditions is that they can be quite complex. The Social Security Administration requires thorough and extensive details about t mental condition from which an applicant suffers, from a medical perspective, as well as extensive evidence demonstrating how the mental health condition impacts the applicant’s ability to work and earn an income.

At our law firm, we work with Ohio residents who think they might be able to qualify to receive SSD benefits based on a mental health condition. Initial applications for SSD benefits must be comprehensive to avoid denial. Appeals of denied claims also have to be detailed and supported with strong legal arguments. For more information about how our law firm attempts to help Ohio residents with these matters, please visit the section of our website that addresses qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits for mental conditions.