Can a Mental Condition Be Disabling?

Can a Mental Condition Be Disabling?

Most Americans may go to work each weekday feeling ambivalent or less than enthusiastic about their jobs. For others, however, the thought of facing another day of work is enough to cause debilitating panic or uncontrollable anxiety attacks. For individuals who suffer from some sort of mental condition or impairment, working a full-time job or supporting themselves can be just as difficult as if they were missing a leg or suffering from a terminal disease.

Social Security disability benefits are available for those who are limited in their abilities to work due to a mental condition just as for those who suffer from a physical impairment or limitation. However, mental impairments are not readily apparent, and showing that a mental condition limits your ability to work can be difficult. In order to increase your chances of having your claim for disability benefits being approved, make sure to do the following:

Document all of your symptoms.

Disability determinations are made on the basis of the claimant’s medical record. This includes records from medical doctors as well as records from psychiatrists, psychologists, and prescription records. This is why it is important that you visit your doctor and mental health professionals regularly. Each time you visit, be sure that you are open with your care provider about all of your symptoms. Share details regarding how your symptoms are impacting your daily life. Even if your doctor or mental health care provider does not give you any additional medications or treatments, by being honest and specific about your symptoms, you are building a medical record that is clear about the duration of your symptoms.

Follow all reasonable treatment recommended.

The Social Security Administration does not expect you to participate in treatments that are prohibitively expensive, experimental, or that violate your sincerely-held religious beliefs. But refusing to follow through with treatment recommendations without a valid reason for doing so can jeopardize your disability claim. The administration may take your lack of follow-through with treatment as an indication that your condition is not as severe as you claim.

Record specifics regarding episodes of decompensation.

If you have an episode of decompensation (an episode in which your mental condition deteriorates such that you are unable to function), be sure to have the details of the episode recorded as soon as possible after the event. As far as possible, describe what you were doing or feeling before the episode began and who might have witnessed your episode. If you have evidence of these episodes occurring frequently at work, it is more likely the administration or a judge will find you are not able to work full-time and are thus disabled.

The assistance of an experienced Social Security disability attorney during this process can prove to be invaluable. If you believe a physical or mental condition limits your ability to work, contact the Klok Law Firm, LLC right away. We can help you understand how the Social Security Administration makes disability decisions and will assist you in assembling the evidence and documentations you need to get your claim approved. Contact us today at (843) 216-8860  for a free consultation.