Social Security Disability: Mental Health

Mental Illness and Disability Benefits

While a mental disability may not be as visible as a physical disability, mental disabilities can be just as restricting in an individual's life. Even when being properly treated, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and other mental health conditions can severely affect an individual's ability to manage daily tasks, work an extended period of time, or hold a steady job. Many individuals suffering from a severe mental health condition also face constant personal and public scrutiny due to the effects of their illness.

If your mental health condition is so debilitating that it keeps you from working a full-time job, and your condition is expected to last longer than one year, you may be eligible for SSD or SSI benefits. Our law firm helps individuals overcome challenges in obtaining disability benefits.

Our extensive experience, knowledge, and resources equip us to handle SSD and SSI claims involving all types of mental disabilities and mental health conditions, such as:

  • Bipolar disorder/manic depressive
  • Schizophrenia
  • Severe anxiety
  • Depression
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Other forms of mental illness

What Our Legal Team Can Do for You

Unfortunately, documentation of a mental illness alone may not be sufficient for Social Security examiners to approve your application for disability benefits. When preparing your disability application or appeal, our seasoned SSD attorneys work hard in an attempt to ensure not only that your mental illness is thoroughly documented by your medical and psychiatric professionals, but also that it fully defines how your mental health condition creates limitations and barriers in your everyday life.

We work to collect your medical history, psychological history, work history, education records and other evidence to demonstrate the full scope of your medical condition and how it has affected your ability to succeed in gainful employment.

Get Help With Your Disability and Mental Health Claim

Call our Pittsburgh disability lawyers for experienced, compassionate and skilled guidance through the legal process. We can be reached locally at 412-353-3572 or toll free at 888-9-9-D-U-G-A-N. Or, you may contact our law firm online to arrange a free consultation to discuss your SSD case with an experienced attorney at Dugan & Associates, P.C.