Mental health disorders have a wide range of effects. One person may be able to go about their daily routine while dealing with mild depression, but post-traumatic stress disorder or schizophrenia can leave another unable to work or leave their home. This article discusses how to get disability benefits because of a mental condition.

   The Coye Law Firm's disability lawyers want to help you. If you are unable to work because of a mental or psychological disorder, you may be able to receive disability benefits.

Types of Mental Disorders

  There are many mental disorders that can develop into severe impairments and limit a person's function as an employee. Some common ones include:
  • Psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia and paranoia
  • Affective disorders, including mania or depression
  • Mental retardation
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Somatoform disorders, such as unexplained disturbances in sensations or use of limbs
  • Substance addiction disorders
  • Developmental disorders, such as autism
   If you have a mental disability that prevents you from working, you will benefit from seeing a doctor. A doctor's diagnosis of your mental disorder is helpful in demonstrating that you have a disability, but you also need to show that it negatively affects your life. For example, people deal with diagnosed depression in different ways. Some can continue living daily life, while others cannot get out of bed. To get benefits for a mental health problem, you need to show that your condition keeps your from working and earning enough income.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

   PTSD is a mental health condition commonly found in military veterans. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder occurs after a person has witnessed or been a part of a traumatic event, such as war. Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may have trouble adjusting to life after deployment or wartime. Symptoms of PTSD include:
  • experiencing feelings of terror or fear when reminded of the event
  • avoidance of situations that prompt the person to recall the event
  • feeling numb towards activities you once enjoyed or people you once enjoyed spending time with
  • anxious or alert feeling without being prompted
   People deal with the symptoms of PTSD in different ways. Destructive behavior, including drinking, drug use, hopeless feelings, employment problems, relationship problems, violence, or physical symptoms, can signal that a person is dealing with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Any veteran can be afflicted with PTSD, and if it is severe enough to keep you from working, you need an attorney on your side in your search for benefits.

Getting Covered by Disability Payments

   Your mental condition might keep you from working. In this case, you need to apply for disability benefits as soon as possible. These benefits can be the difference between maintaining your current lifestyle and feeling the stress of financial strains. 

   A doctor's diagnosis is not enough to get you benefits. You need to show the Social Security Administration or insurance company that your mental issues prevent you from working. Be specific as you describe your current condition. Mental disorders are some of the hardest disabilities to prove because the symptoms are invisible or unpredictable. A disability attorney at the Coye Law Firm can help you gather the documents and supporting evidence that prove your mental disorder is a disability. 

   The Coye Law Firm is dedicated to getting benefits for people who are out of work because of a disability. Our SSI and SSD attorneys have a wide variety of professional backgrounds, including military service, to help serve clients and understand their unique issues. Call the Coye Law Disability Center today to get started on your case.