On Monday we discussed the Social Security Administration (SSA)’s proposal to amend its List of Impairments to strike the term “mental retardation” and replace it with “intellectual disability.” Disability advocates around the country are cheering, especially since mental and intellectual disabilities make up an increasing portion of all benefits recipients. Intellectual disabilities and mental disorders or illnesses are completely different types of disabilities, but one’s advancement can be good for the other. As the stereotypes and stigmas fall away, people (and government entities) are learning the seriousness of these issues and helping the people who suffer from them.
The SSA has reported that over 1.3 million people who receive disability benefits cited a “mood disorder” in their applications. In these cases, SSA evaluators will check an applicant’s stated and medically verified symptoms against the agency’s List of Impairments. Consider these common conditions that the SSA considers “disabling”:
- Intellectual disabilities
- Bipolar disorder
- Substance abuse
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
If you or a loved one suffers from these or similar mental conditions to the extent that you are not able to work, you may be able to receive monthly benefits from the SSA. Unfortunately, many mental conditions may make the disability benefits application and evaluation process seem frustrating and impossible. Our experienced attorneys are here to help, and we will walk with you through every step of the way. On Friday, we will discuss the high rate of application denials for sufferers of mental disorders.
If you are suffering from a debilitating mental disability, contact our Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers today to learn more about what we can do for you and your family. We offer free consultations, and you may reach us by phone at (918) 587-0050.