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Mental Disorders & Social Security Benefits

Disability Benefits for Mental Disorders

Not all forms of disability are a result of physical impairment. A person may become unable to work due to a mental disorder. Such disorders can be temporary or permanent and may allow an individual to file a claim and receive Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) only allows individuals to receive benefits if their mental disability falls under certain requirements. The person’s ability to work must be impaired by their mental state and their condition must last or be expected to last for at least 12 months.

There are nine different diagnostic categories of mental disorders under the SSA:

  • Organic disorders
  • Schizophrenic, paranoid, and other psychotic disorders
  • Affective disorders
  • Mental retardation
  • Anxiety-related disorders
  • Somatoform disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Substance addiction disorders
  • Autistic disorder and other pervasive developmental disorders

Filing for Disability for a Mental Disorder

In order to receive disability at all, you must first meet certain work requirements. You must have been working continuously for an establishment that grants Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and have worked a certain number of hours to receive benefits. The older you are, the more points you need to be considered eligible for SSD benefits. Likewise, your disability must be recognized by the SSA before any benefits will be granted.

Why hire an attorney?

By retaining a Las Vegas Social Security disability attorney, you raise your chances of obtaining the insurance you need to aid you and your family financially. If you are unable to return to the same position you held before your injury or illness, or if you cannot return to work at all, do not hesitate to fight for the benefits you deserve to receive. Shook & Stone has come to be known as one of Southern Nevada’s premier injury firms and is more than capable of help you win your claim.

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