Does A Mental Disorder Qualify You for Social Security Benefits?

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social security disability attorney chicago ilIf you or someone you love suffers from a mental disorder, you know it can interfere with everything from day-to-day activities to holding down a steady job. Social Security benefits can ease the burden of mental illness.

Unfortunately, as many as six out of ten applicants are denied Social Security benefits. Fortunately, proper legal representation raises this figure considerably.

If you live in Indiana or Illinois, a Social Security disability attorney can take you step-by-step through the application and appeals processes. Even if you have been rejected previously, a qualified attorney can help you receive needed social security benefits.

What Does an Illinois/Indiana Social Security Disability Attorney Do?

A social security disability attorney compiles the necessary medical evidence to show eligibility for social security benefits. This is presented in a hearing. Your attorney will maintain confidentiality.

What Are the Requirements for Disability Benefits?

Mental disorder qualifications are federally mandated. This means they are the same in all 50 states. The following disorders may be eligible for benefits:

  • Organic disorders (Alzheimer’s, dementia, delirium)
  • Schizophrenia, paranoia, and psychotic disorders
  • Affective/mood disorders (bipolar disorder, depression)
  • Intellectual disability
  • Anxiety-related disorders (PTSD, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, and panic disorders)
  • Somatoform disorder (hypochondriasis, pain disorder)
  • Personality disorder (antisocial, multiple personality, and borderline personality disorders)
  • Autism spectrum disorders (Asperger’s, autism)

What Medical Evidence Is Necessary For Social Security Disability?

A Social Security disability attorney will help collect medical evidence including reports from licensed physicians and psychologists, medical history, clinical and laboratory findings, diagnoses, and other medical reports.

The medical evidence must prove the mental illness impairs basic work-related activities and social functioning, limits earnings to below $1070 a month, or prohibits a competitive pace in a work environment.

Take advantage of an Illinois social security disability attorney to better your chances of receiving benefits. Call Horn & Kelley at 1-888-921-5297 for a free consultation.

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