When a person is struggling with a mental health condition, it can affect many areas of his or her life. In the event that a mental health condition affects a person’s ability to work, it begins to take a toll on finances and the person’s entire family. A person can seem healthy and capable, but an invisible condition can leave that individual unable to hold gainful employment.
Mental health conditions are valid medical issues, and it is possible your disorder could make you eligible for disability benefits through the Social Security. It can be quite complex to actually secure benefits, particularly for those who must prove a mental health condition. Therefore, you should know your rights and what to do in order to avoid unnecessary setbacks and complications.
Protections at work
Individuals with disabilities who are able to work have the right to seek certain protections in the workplace. From specific types of accommodations to protection against discrimination, you have the right to work as long as you are able to do so. Even with help, support from your employer and determination, your mental health condition can deteriorate to a point where you are no longer able to work. If this happens, you may need to seek benefits.
Are you eligible?
If your mental condition will prevent you from working for at least 12 months or will affect you the rest of your life, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income. To get SSDI benefits, the following must be true:
- You have a valid, diagnosed mental condition that will keep you from working long term.
- You have a work history that includes paying certain payroll taxes into the Social Security system.
- You are no longer able to do the work that you did in the past.
If you do not have the work history necessary to qualify for SSDI benefits, SSI benefits are an option for you. These benefits are not based on taxes paid, but they depend on an applicant’s financial need.
The help you need
It’s not easy to get disability benefits, even with a valid medical condition. If you think you may move forward with the application process, you may want to start by seeking help from an Ohio attorney who has experience with the disability benefits application process and understands the system. This help will reduce the chance of complications and give you a higher chance of success of getting the support you need promptly.