Getting Social Security Based on a Mental Illness

Disability Benefits Are Available for Mental Illness

If you are unable to work because of a mental health condition such as depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder, you may be interested in Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. You may have heard that SSD is difficult to obtain for mental health conditions, or you may have heard that it’s impossible.

Although SSD claims for mental illness can be more challenging than other types of claims, the Social Security Administration evaluates disability claims based on mental health diagnosis. At the Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, our attorneys have helped many clients obtain Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for mental illnesses. From offices in Rochester, NY we serve clients throughout central NY.

If you are unable to work because of a disabling medical condition, contact our law firm for a free consultation. Call 202-524-0244 or contact us online.

Many Illnesses Can Qualify

We can help with SSD claims based on mental conditions such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Autism
  • Other mental disorders

Many people with mental illness diagnoses are able to lead productive, fulfilling personal and professional lives. For others, severe mental illness may prevent them from being able to co-exist with customers or co-workers or from concentrating in a way that a job becomes impossible. Mental illness disability benefits may be available.

In some cases, people with mental illness self-medicate with alcohol or other drugs. If you have a drug or alcohol problem, your addiction will not necessarily disqualify you from benefits. It’s not uncommon for claims to be denied based on substance abuse, however, which may require an appeal.

Contact Us

If you or a loved one is considering an application for SSD benefits based on a mental health condition or anothermedical condition, you should not have to go through the SSD or SSI application alone. At the Rochester NY Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, our lawyers can explain the disability application process and show how we can help you. To schedule a free consultation, call 877.236.7366 or contact us online.