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Mental Disorders and Social Security Benefits

If you’re one of the many Americans suffering from a mental illness, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA).

In order to qualify for benefits, you will need to meet certain requirements laid out in the SSA’s Blue Book. The Blue Book is used by the SSA to establish guidelines for the conditions a person can qualify for benefits.

It’s important to work with an SSI Disability lawyer in Knoxville, TN with years of experience handling the claims process as it can be extremely difficult and hard to understand. The law offices of Drozdowski & Rabin are professional Social Security attorneys in Knoxville, ready to help you file for disability today.

Which Mental Disorders Are Covered?

Section 12 of the Blue Book deals with which mental disorders qualify for benefits. There are nine different categories that are covered in the book. These include:

  • Affective disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Autism and other related disorders
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Organic mental disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Somatoform disorders
  • Substance addiction

Each condition is evaluated differently and by its own set of criteria. In order to qualify for benefits, you will have to prove that you meet said criteria and that your condition is disabling and prevents you from performing gainful activity.

The criteria can be difficult to understand and require diligent work to prove, which is why we recommend that you work with a knowledgeable Social Security Disability attorney. The experienced attorneys at Drozdowski & Rabin can provide professional legal services, earning you the benefits you need and deserve.

Contact us for a free case evaluation today.

What Evidence Do You Need to Provide?

To qualify for benefits, you will need to show that you have been and are continuing to receive treatment, as well as complying with the treatment you are provided.

The one rule we stick by is that you can never have too much evidence on your side. You will need heavily-detailed medical reports and historical records, results from examinations, lab results, and written reports from medical professionals.

If you have friends, family, or past coworkers that can provide written detailed reports about how your condition affects your daily life, that would help, as well.

It’s important to obtain as much information as possible as the SSA will evaluate all of your evidence. Once you become our client, we will help you obtain all of the information you need that will help with your case.

Drozdowski & Rabin in Knoxville, Tennessee

The Social Security Disability lawyers at Drozdowski & Rabin understand what it takes to be approved for benefits in Knoxville, TN. We will fight hard for you from start to finish, and work with you even if you are denied by appealing the decision.

Contact us today to learn more about how you might be eligible for benefits from the Social Security Administration.

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