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.
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.
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.
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.