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SSD and requirements for limitations in mental functioning

One of the biggest factors for Missouri residents with mental illness getting Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits for mental conditions is how their mental disorder is evaluated. The evaluation assesses the person's ability to function in various circumstances, including daily activities and at work settings. For those whose issues prevent them from being able to function sufficiently to work, this can be an important factor in meeting the requirements to be approved for SSD benefits.

SSD evidence requirements for mental conditions

For Missouri residents who are suffering from what they believe are qualifying mental conditions to receive Social Security Disability benefits, the evidence is one of the most important factors in getting an approval. Most will understand the need for medical evidence, but there are other aspects that can be used to provide proof to the Social Security Administration that the person warrants Social Security Disability benefits for mental conditions. This includes evidence from people who know the applicant and evidence from schools.

Can I pursue disability benefits if I have an eating disorder?

Missourians who are suffering from mental illness are often doing so in silence, unaware of how to treat the issue or that they even have it. One mental issue that is prevalent is an eating disorder. Some might perceive this to be a physical problem or not even an illness at all, but the reality is that an eating disorder is classified in the mental illness category by the Social Security Administration when it considers whether a person can receive Social Security disability benefits for mental conditions. Those who are dealing with an eating disorder should be aware that they can seek disability benefits.

When can I receive SSD benefits for bipolar disorder?

People in Missouri who have a mental disorder often do not even realize that they have it or that its severity might warrant an approval for Social Security disability benefits for mental conditions. There are different types of mental issues; one that can lead to an approval is bipolar disorder. A person who has bipolar disorder experiences irritability, depression, elevated or expansive mood and loses pleasure in most activities. This results in a diminishing of functioning. The person might feel hopeless, guilty, think about suicide, experience a significant deviation in body weight or appetite, have issues sleeping, experience a rise or reduction in energy, lose impulse control, feel sad, euphoric or withdraw socially.

What evidence is needed for bipolar disorder?

There is an increased awareness that those who are suffering from mental illness may be able to receive Social Security disability benefits. Since these issues can be so debilitating, people who are living with them need to be aware of what needs to be shown to get an approval from the Social Security Administration. Bipolar disorder is a problem that could warrant SSD benefits. Missourians with symptoms of bipolar or who have already been diagnosed should understand what documentation is required before applying. There are three categories labeled A, B and C. To receive benefits, the applicant must satisfy the requirements of A and B or A and C.

Legal help after a denial of SSD benefits for a mental disorder

It is never easy to be suffering from a medical issue that makes it impossible for a St. Louis resident to work. Social Security disability is in place to help those who are experiencing an injury, illness or condition and when that claim is denied, it can be a blow. It is important to remember that there are certain rules to receiving benefits. With Social Security disability, one of the more difficult issues for which to receive benefits is if there is a mental condition. With an illness such as cancer, the medical reports will generally prove that it exists. With many injuries, it will be there for all to see. For qualifying mental conditions, however, the diagnosis can be more nuanced. This might lead to the case being denied by the Social Security Administration. Knowing what to do if this happens is key to perhaps getting the decision reversed on appeal and receiving Social Security disability benefits for mental conditions.

Can I get disability for disorders related to trauma and stress?

St. Louis residents might be under the impression that Social Security disability is for those who have obvious conditions that render them unable to work and that qualifying mental conditions are limited to those with disorders that are clear to the eye. However, people who have suffered from trauma or stress and subsequently develop mental disorders can seek Social Security disability benefits for mental conditions. Understanding the criteria is key before applying.

How Seasonal Affective Disorder can lead to long-term depression

Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a real disorder that has been proven to affect people due to the change of seasons from fall through winter. It is typically related to the effects of winter, including cold temperatures leading to less time outdoors for people, shorter days also meaning less sunlight and darker days. Such conditions could lead to depression, which could become more and more serious if not properly addressed.

Assigning disability onset dates for hospitalized mental patients

For purposes of Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits, the Social Security Administration must determine a disability onset date for each applicant. The onset date can affect the applicant's eligibility for benefits, and the pay period if benefits are awarded. Since SSDI and SSI payments begin with the date of an individual's application and are not made retroactively, the onset date will not directly affect the amount of benefits received. Missouri residents hospitalized with mental conditions, as well as their loved ones, may be interested in knowing how the SSA sets disability onset dates in these cases.

Social security disability benefits for mental conditions

For Missourians suffering from a mental illness, everyday life can be very difficult. Many people do not understand mental and emotional illnesses, and society still unfairly stigmatizes those who are afflicted by these disorders.

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