Each year, October 10 is recognized as World Mental Health Day. This day, founded by the World Federation of Mental Health, serves as an opportunity to educate, raise awareness, and fight the social stigma of mental health conditions.
Unfortunately, mental health conditions are often stigmatized and misunderstood. Just as physical conditions, disorders, and diseases can sometimes prevent individuals from being able to work, so too can mental conditions. This is why Social Security Disability benefits are also available to those who suffer from mental illness.
Benefits for Individuals with Mental Conditions
The Social Security Administration identifies the following types of mental disorders in its Blue Book which qualify a person for SSD benefits:
- Neurocognitive disorders
- Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
- Depressive, bipolar, and related disorders
- Intellectual disorder
- Anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders
- Somatic symptom and related disorders
- Personality and impulse-control disorders
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Neurodevelopmental disorders
- Eating disorders
- Trauma- and stressor-related disorders
For further details on the types of mental conditions that qualify someone for SSD benefits, you can visit the SSA website.
In order to be eligible for SSD benefits, someone must demonstrate that either (1) he or she meets the criteria of that condition; or (2) the sum total of all of the disabling conditions is equivalent to the listed criteria or otherwise completely hinders the individual from engaging in any gainful activity. Additionally, to qualify, someone must be able to prove that they are currently receiving and complying with treatment.
Statistics of CT Beneficiaries
According to the Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, in 2017 alone, 4.0 percent of Connecticut’s resident population, or 89,852 individuals, received SSD benefits (of those aged 18-64). Of these individuals who were beneficiaries, 41,857 received SSD benefits for mental disorders.
The distribution of SSD benefits in Connecticut saw 43.6 percent of the state’s SSD resources go to individuals battling mental disorders. Of these individuals, 16.2 percent suffered from mood disorders. On average, Connecticut’s SSD beneficiaries received $1,247.16 per month.
What Can You Do?
If you or a loved one suffers from a mental condition that prevents you from establishing any gainful employment, you may be entitled to SSD benefits. You should contact your psychiatrist, general practitioner, and former employer and ask each to write a letter on your behalf detailing how your mental condition has affected your ability to work. Speaking with a knowledgeable and experienced Social Security Disability Attorney is also of great importance.
The Social Security Disability Attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm can help you to fight for the benefits that you deserve. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, call us at (203) 806-9256 today!
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