Can You Receive Social Security Disability Benefits for Mental Disorders in Virginia?

Mental disorders such as PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia can be debilitating for the sufferer. For those who are unable to work because of a severe mental disorder, Social Security Disability benefits may be available.

The Social Security Administration currently recognizes the following 11 categories of mental illnesses that qualify for benefits:

  • Neurocognitive disorders
  • Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
  • Depressive, bipolar, and related disorders
  • Intellectual disorder
  • Anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • Somatic symptom and related disorders
  • Personality and impulse-control disorders
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Trauma- and stressor-related disorders

However, just having a diagnosis of a mental illness from a psychiatrist or psychologist is not enough to qualify for benefits. You will also need to present evidence that your illness is so severe that you are unable to do any work.

A treating psychiatrist or psychologist will need to provide ample documentation regarding the severity of your illness, as well as their opinion regarding your ability to work.   An experienced Social Security Disability lawyer in Virginia can be instrumental in helping you obtain all necessary opinions and reports from your doctor to strengthen your claim.

It is equally important to follow medication and treatment recommendations from your doctor. Failing to take prescribed medication or choosing not to follow the doctor’s order can be seen as “non-compliance” and will likely jeopardize your ability to receive Social Security Disability  benefits.

Again, an experienced Social Security Disability attorney in Virginia will advise you on how to obtain the proper documentation and treatment necessary to pursue a successful Social Security Disability claim.

 

Posted by Sheri R. Abrams, Fairfax Virginia Social Security Disability Attorney, www.sheriabrams.com