Seeking Disability Benefits for People With Mental Illnesses
Many people are under the mistaken impression that having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or other mental illnesses will not qualify you for Social Security disability (SSD) or SSI benefits, or that it is not worth it to apply because these illnesses are too hard to prove.
At The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, our attorneys have helped many clients obtain SSD and SSI benefits for depression and other mental illnesses. Contact us to set up a free consultation. We serve clients in Buffalo New York.
Having Issues That Prevent You From Working? We Can Help.
Depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses are medical conditions that can have a significant impact on an individual’s ability to function in the workplace and in society in general. For instance, mental illness can cause symptoms such as:
- Uncontrollable panic attacks
- Difficulty effectively coexisting with coworkers and customers
- Inability to concentrate on work-related tasks
- Inconsistency with things like getting to work on time
- Inability to handle stressful situations
If your depression or other mental illness has reached the point where it is causing symptoms like this, it may be considered a disability for the purpose of qualifying you for SSD or SSI benefits. Our attorneys can work with your doctor to document the effects of your illness.
Identifying the Underlying Causes of Substance Abuse
In many cases, people with serious substance abuse problems have underlying mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. These issues are often the ultimate reason why the person has developed a drug or alcohol addiction.
Having a drug or alcohol problem will not disqualify you from getting SSD benefits if you have a disability that you would still have even if you stopped using drugs or alcohol.
Our attorneys are experienced at working with doctors to document the mental health issues affecting clients with substance abuse problems. To discuss your case with an experienced disability benefits lawyer, contact us today.