Certain psychological conditions may entitle you to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) payments. You must be able to show that a psychological condition significantly interferes with and prevents you from holding down a steady, full-time job for at least 12 months. Generally, these severe psychological disorders are uncommon in the population.
However, if you have any of the following five psychological conditions and it prevents you from working, you may be able to receive a monthly SSD check:
- Depression – A serious condition characterized by loss of interest in all activities, appetite disturbance, sleep disturbance and difficulty concentrating, depression can cause you to be unable to hold a regular job. Depression may entitle an individual to SSD if normal daily activities are significantly and severely limited and if the condition has been documented by a mental health professional for at least two years.
- Bipolar Disorder – Bipolar disorder occurs when an individual experiences episodes of mania, or uncontrollable surges of energy, followed by episodes of depression, or lack of energy and interest in everything. Bipolar patients must show a history of both manic and depressive behaviors as documented by a mental health professional, and psychiatrist reports must indicate that the individual is unable to function normally or hold down a full-time job.
- Panic Disorder – Individuals suffering from panic disorder experience random episodes of intense, irrational fear that often triggers uncontrollable physical reactions. Individuals who have suffered several panic attacks and whose fear of having another attack gets in the way of holding down a job may be eligible for SSD support.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is characterized by repetitive behavior and uncontrollable, intrusive thoughts. If the compulsions arising from OCD interfere with a person’s ability to work, he or she may be entitled to SSD.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD is commonly seen in military veterans, rape survivors, accident victims and other survivors of massive trauma. It is associated with generalized persistent anxiety, recurrent panic attacks, obsession and intrusive recall of the traumatic experience. If PTSD causes severe limitation of one’s ability to work and live a normal life, one may be able to apply for and receive SSD payments.
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If you’re disabled and you can’t work anymore, contact social security disability law firm at Sternberg | Forsythe, P.A. call at 561-687-5660 to get maximum SSD benefits. Our West Palm Beach, Boca Raton & Orlando offices serving all of Florida.