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Social Security Disability Benefits for Mental Conditions Archives

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.

Ohioans with mental illness need to get help

It is an unfortunate fact that Ohio, like the rest of the United States, tends to have an inadequate system for the treatment of mental illness, especially for those individuals who are economically disadvantaged. Many of the people most in need of mental health services simply do not get the treatment they need. This leads to those at-risk individuals ending up in emergency rooms or jails after encounters with first responders.

How does SSA analyze SSDI applications based on Down's Syndrome?

We have previously discussed several types of physical and mental conditions which may result in an Ohio resident being unable to work and how the Social Security Administration may look at applications for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits based upon those conditions. In this installment of the blog we will be going over what the SSA may need to see in order to grant disability benefits based on a fairly common genetic disability called Down's Syndrome.

What is a 'Function Report' in terms of SSDI in Ohio?

When this blog has discussed Social Security Disability Insurance benefits previously, it has touched on the fact that often disability applications based on mental conditions or illnesses are more difficult to prove than those based on physical conditions. One reason for this is that medical science has not yet developed comprehensive and reliable objective testing for many illnesses that affect the way the brain works. Thus the Social Security Administration or Ohio Disability Determination Services must rely on more subjective evaluations of the existence and effects of psychological problems.

What is an affective disorder in terms of Social Security?

Previously, this blog has touched on the way the Social Security Administration's so-called blue book lists the various symptoms and evidence necessary to establish that an individual in Ohio is disabled for the purposes of securing Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI benefits. Additionally, this blog has also discussed the fact that proving disability due to a mental disorder is often more difficult than with many physical problems that don't involve the brain. Because most of the time psychological difficulties do not show up in an x-ray or other medical imaging process, the diagnosis of such illnesses can seem to be more subjective in nature, leading to problems documenting a particular type of disorder. The blue book, however, does offer some guidance in this area.

Does a substance addiction qualify one for disability in Ohio?

There can be no doubt that many families in Ohio and around the nation have had to deal with the problems that accompany drug or alcohol abuse and addiction. While those who struggle with addiction to substances may be regarded by some as lacking willpower and dedication, more evidence is accumulating that there is a genetic component to many types of addiction, and that simply telling someone to "just say no" is fairly ineffective. There are more counseling and treatment options than there have been in the past, and those in the throes of an addiction have hope for reclaiming their lives. However, there may be issues caused by an substance addiction that interfere with a person's ability to work and earn a living. Whether or not the addiction itself is classified as an illness, certain psychological conditions attributable to a present or past addiction may include depression, anxiety and personality disorders. So, if one cannot work due to their addiction, can he or she be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits?

Mental illness is a real illness, not a character flaw in Ohio

There is an old saying that is often passed down in families by oral tradition that says every family has a "crazy" uncle or aunt. These individuals are often singled out for ridicule by being the butt of humorous stories about their eccentricities and odd behavior. While many of these stories are likely apocryphal, the sentiment is the same: mental illness is something to be laughed at and embarrassed about. We now live in the 21st century, an age that has seen the development and advancement of amazing technologies that allow the diagnosis and treatment of psychological problems that were unimagined even 30 years ago. Yet still, within the wider community, the image of mental illness as a character flaw or lack of willpower persists. All too often friends and family urge a person in the throes of depressive disorder to "cheer up" or just "get over it." People with chronic anxiety are told they need to "calm down" or "grow up." Yet, medical science tells us that willpower alone does not cure mental illness. These are physiological conditions that need to be treated as such. And, while many times proper treatments do work to minimize symptoms, it is often the case that the individual will be dealing with the illness for the rest of his or her life.

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