Qualifying Mental Health Impairments
Mental illness can make everyday activities like concentrating and interacting with other people — activities most of us take for granted — difficult, if not impossible. If you suffer from a mental health impairment and are unable to work, there is hope. You may be able to obtain Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
At Bartels Sherman & Wallace, our lawyers have extensive experience handling mental illness disability claims and appeals for clients throughout Arkansas and across the nation. We have successfully handled numerous claims for people suffering from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and other mental health impairments. Contact us today online or by phone at 870-330-4377 to arrange a consultation with an experienced SSD/SSI attorney.
Is Your Mental Health Keeping You From Working?
Proving a mental health disability can be difficult, because the outward appearances do not always give an indication of the underlying problem. A person suffering from depression or an anxiety disorder, for instance, may appear healthy and fully capable of working, but may in fact be severely impaired to the extent that he or she cannot function in a work environment.
Whatever mental health impairment you suffer from, it is very important to obtain care and treatment from a psychologist or psychiatrist. Only with thorough medical evidence backing up your claim, will you stand a chance of obtaining the SSD benefits you need and deserve.
Drug And Alcohol Abuse
Many people who suffer the agony of mental illness also develop substance abuse problems. Although you cannot receive benefits for drug and alcohol abuse alone, having a history of drug and alcohol abuse will not necessarily make you ineligible for SSD or SSI benefits. What the SSA considers is whether or not the underlying impairment would persist if the substance abuse stopped.
Drug and alcohol abuse in relation to SSD and SSI benefits is a complex issue. We urge you to get the treatment you need for your mental health impairment as well as your substance abuse problem. We can help you with all aspects of your disability claim or appeal.
Contact An SSD/SSI Attorney To Discuss Psychiatric Impairments
Are you suffering from a psychiatric impairment and need help obtaining SSD or SSI benefits? We are here for you. Contact us today online or by phone at 870-330-4377 to arrange a consultation with an experienced lawyer.