Getting Disability Benefits for Mental Health Issues

by DISABILITY PROFESSIONALS on June 14, 2013

stressed-employeeThe Social Security Administration (SSA) looks at medical and non-medical evidence to come up with "Residual Functional Capacity" which determines whether or not you're able to work.

Medical History

Your disability benefits claim should include all tests, including psychological tests, reports and observations from medical professionals in order for the SSA to make the determination.  As the SSA reads through the reports and tests, it will be looking for details of how often you experience delusions, hallucinations, or paranoia and confusion, phobias, anxiety, and depression or withdrawn behavior. The SSA will look at your medical history, including any mental status evaluations and look at the symptoms you experienced, the treatment prescribed to you, the results of that treatment and prognosis.

Non-Medical History

The non-medical evidence the SSA will consider may include reports from people you know – family, friends, co-workers, social workers – concerning your behavior and how well you function within the relationships and everyday activities.  The SSA is concerned with whether or not you are able to care for yourself, including bathing, dressing, proper hygiene, cooking, shopping, paying your bills and using public transportation.

The SSA will also examine whether any medications you have been prescribed will compromise your work product, for example, any medications that make you sleepy would not allow you to operate machinery or drive a vehicle.

Getting Legal Help

If you or a loved one needs to pursue a disability claim or wishes to discuss claim eligibility, give Disability Professionals a call at 855-201-9569 or email DisabilityProfessionals to set up your appointment today.

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