There are a variety of mental disorders that the Social Security Administration recognizes as having the potential to cause long term disability. Though some claims could be initially denied – an event that would warrant the services of a social security attorney in Ocala to resolve – those who are able to secure disability receive disability as they are not able to work from their mental disability.
Qualifications and Eligibility
In order for an individual to seek approval for Social Security benefits, a mental condition must be formally diagnosed by a physician and meet the minimum eligibility criteria. These qualifications include:
- An inability to perform work or tasks related to prior employment because of the mental disorder
- An inability to be reasonably trained for other employment at the time of disability because of the mental disorder
- An expectation that the mental disorder will last a minimum of a year
Types of Disorders
The SSA has established several categories of mental illnesses where disability benefits may be paid out. Some of these disorders include, but are not limited to, organic disorders including conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s, delirium, or disorders affecting the nervous system, and psychotic disorders, like paranoia and schizophrenia. These disorders may qualify an individual for coverage; potentially, with additional assistance. An Ocala Social Security Attorney can explore if you qualify in these areas.
Bipolar and depression are mood disorders which also fall under affective disorders. Learning disorders and mental retardation may qualify an individual to receive benefits, as can anxiety-related disorders. When it comes to either episodic or continuous anxiety-related disorders, it must be demonstrated that the individual is unable to work.
Types of Assistance
There are many mental conditions which may qualify you for social security disability. The varying degrees of severity of mental disorders and the complex evaluation of the SSA are two factors that can be addressed by a social security attorney in Ocala. Contact the Law Office of JW Chalkley III, PA at (866) 629-7511 or fill out the online contact form.