Psychological Conditions

Understanding Social Security Disability for a Psychological Condition in Florida

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Social Security Disability (SSD) provides compensation and other benefits to people who are physically and psychologically injured. Although physical disability is easier to show and prove, psychological conditions are equally debilitating. If you suffer from a mental or psychological condition that leaves you unable to work in Florida, Sternberg / Forsythe, P.A. provides skilled assistance and information to help you achieve the benefits you need.

Social Security Disability and benefits for mental disorders

In the Social Security Disability listing of conditions, there are 14 defined categories of impairments for adults. These categories provide guidance to applicants, caregivers and evaluators.

One of those 14 categories is mental disorders, and within that category there are sub-categories for the following types of disorders:

  • Organic mental disorders
  • Schizophrenic, paranoid and other psychotic disorders
  • Affective disorders
  • Mental retardation
  • Anxiety-related disorders
  • Somatoform disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Substance abuse disorders
  • Autistic disorder and other pervasive developmental disorders

According to the SSA, almost 1.5 million people received SSD benefits for mental disorders in 2010. Despite the numbers of claimants suffering psychological conditions, achieving disability for a mental condition is challenging because of the difficulty in obtaining credible, accurate medical documentation to support the claim.

Tips for applying for SSD with a psychological condition

Speak with our legal team if you intend to file for Social Security Disability based on mental impairment. We provide experienced advice on the steps to take prior to filing, and help you with the application and required evidence. Consider these points before filing your SSD claim:

  • If you are not currently under the care of a licensed therapist or physician, obtaining SSD benefits will be difficult. SSD applications are reviewed by evaluators, not trained mental health care providers. Seeking evaluation and care from a licensed or certified professional is important when applying for SSD.
  • Medication is often prescribed for some psychological conditions. If you have been prescribed medication but have not taken the medication, you may wish to be re-evaluated and resume taking prescribed medication prior to filing for SSD.
  • Some psychological disorders take a cyclical toll, periodically causing episodes of instability and dysfunction. Suffering these episodes indicates your condition is not stable and likely to leave you unable to work. Be sure to obtain documentation if you suffer these types of episodes.

Suffering any disability is painful and damaging to your quality of life. Our law firm provides exceptional client and legal service to achieve the benefits you need and deserve.

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For reputable legal representation, contact the legal team at Sternberg / Forsythe, P.A. with our online email form or call 561.687.5660 to arrange a free consultation at our offices in Orlando, West Palm Beach or Boca Raton.

We handle Social Security Disability claims on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay nothing in legal fees unless you receive compensation for your case. Our firm offers evening and weekend appointments and can travel to you if you are unable to come to one of our locations.



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