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Could Your Life Improve If Someone Else Understood?

People don’t understand mental illness if they haven’t experienced it themselves. But we know that these conditions, even when unseen by others, can scramble your life to the point where you can’t work.

And we know an avenue for help: Social Security Disability benefits.

Benefits include monthly checks, so you can cover your basic expenses while you cope with your mental health. They also provide Medicare or Medicaid health coverage, so you can get ongoing treatment.

Above all else, they can give you the peace you need to focus on feeling better.

But most people who apply get denied. Mental health conditions come with extra challenges when you’re trying to get disability benefits.

Compared to a physical illness, it’s harder to prove your mental health problem makes it impossible for you to work at all. It’s harder to get Social Security claims examiners to believe you.

So tell your story to the disability attorneys at The Robertson Wendt Disability — Finkel Law Firm LLC. We take time to listen to you and understand what you’re going through.

Robertson Wendt is one of the most experienced disability attorneys in South Carolina. He’s one of only a few who have board certification in disability law. Robertson and our team of disability lawyers have helped thousands of people.

In Charleston, Columbia or anywhere in South Carolina, with our firm, you’ve found someone to support you. We’ll fight for your disability claim with the dignity and respect you deserve.

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What Types of Mental Illness Are Covered By Social Security Disability?

You might ask whether mental health disorders are even covered by Social Security Disability. They absolutely are.

You could be approved for Social Security Disability benefits with any of the following mental health conditions and others:

  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia

Social Security maintains a list of impairments that can qualify you for disability benefits, and it includes all of the above. In fact, it lists 15 categories of mental disorders.

The list also explains the types of symptoms you must document for each mental health condition.

The disability lawyers at the Wendt law firm can look at your individual mental health situation—at no cost to you—and let you know your options for applying for Social Security Disability benefits.

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How to Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits with Mental Illness

The core of any disability claim—and this no different for mental illness—is providing medical evidence.

Social Security lays out the kinds of evidence you need:

  • Doctors’ reports of your symptoms
  • Records of your diagnosis
  • Documentation of your medical, psychiatric or psychological treatment
  • Results of medical and mental exams, interviews and other measures
  • Results of psychological testing
  • A list of medications you’re taking and their effects
  • Descriptions of the therapy you’ve received
  • Health care professionals’ reports on how long your symptoms might last
  • Reports from providers on how your condition affects your functioning
  • Testimony from people who personally know you about how mental health problems and their impacts on your daily life

It’s a lot of information to organize. It takes special care to document a condition other people can’t physically see.

One of the trickiest parts about qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits with mental illness is that these impairments take on so many different forms and levels of severity in each individual person.

But you aren’t alone in this effort. The disability lawyers at the Wendt law firm organize your evidence for you. We put the special care into making it clear to Social Security that your particular case mans you can’t work, so you deserve benefits.

We want to see you win benefits. When mental illness leaves you in disarray, we want to help you reclaim your life.

Tell us about your case.

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