It is fairly well understood that depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental "illnesses" among the population of the United States. For example, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, as of 2012 almost 7 percent of adults in the U.S. had experienced a major depressive episode within the previous year. This means that, on average, seven out of every 100 residents of Ohio have had a problem with depression. Further, dealing with depression can be debilitating. The World Health Organization estimates that over 8 percent of U.S. "years lived with disability" are caused by depression, making it the single largest cause of disability among mental or behavioral disorders.
Here in Ohio, and across the nation, it seems that instances of mental difficulties such as anxiety, depression and panic attacks are rising. Whether this is the result of changes in society, more widely disseminated information, better diagnosis or expanded definitions is anyone's guess. While many people are able to function more or less normally with such conditions, sometimes they are severe enough to impact both one's home and work life.
Most Ohio residents are aware that people with physical impairments that interfere with their daily lives may be eligible for disability insurance benefits from the government. While missing limbs or chronic physical pain may be obvious manifestations of disability, there are other, more insidious health issues that can be just as devastating. As a society, we have a history of downplaying the causes and effects of mental illness as signs of weakness and there is often a social stigma attached to those who suffer from it. However, there are those who recognize that if you have a significant mental health issue, you may need financial help due to your inability to work.
The federal Social Security Administration (SSA) has some resources available to help you understand the system and apply for benefits. They can help you with forms and give you basic information about what kind of evidence to collect. While this may be enough for certain claims for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, Ohio residents should be aware that more complex claims may require the aid of a legal professional.
For residents of Columbus or across Ohio who suffer from mental illness, obtaining Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits can be challenging. In addition to all of the usual difficulties facing anyone who applies for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA), what with the delays and requests for additional information and more medical records, there are the issues that are specific to mental impairments or conditions.