Mental disorders often come with a certain stigma in New York. It is often easier to diagnose a physical disability or a medical condition by running tests to scans that show the condition, injury or illness. But, for mental conditions, it is often harder to diagnose and even prove the condition exists. Furthermore, due to their often cyclical nature, a victim suffering from a mental disorder may show no signs or symptoms for days or even weeks. That does not mean that the condition does not exist, nor does it mean that the mental condition is not disabling to the victim.
That is why the Social Security Administration, or SSA, includes many mental health conditions in their Social Security Disability benefits program. Disorders included in the SSA’s “Disability Evaluation Under Social Security” blue book, include, but are not limited to, mental retardation, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and autistic disorders.
Even if a victim’s mental condition is not listed among the accepted disorders does not necessarily mean the victim does not qualify. If a victim can prove the condition is prohibiting him or her from seeking gainful work, and the condition is expected to last at least a year or end in death, the victim may qualify.
Because mental conditions are often more difficult to provide, it is important to come prepared when filing a claim for a disabling disease. It may be in the victim’s best interest to seek advice from a firm familiar with Social Security Disability benefits to make certain that they are presenting a strong case to Social Security.
Source: FindLaw.com, “Social Security Is Important to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders,” Accessed on Feb. 16, 2016