Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a critical lifeline that helps millions of Americans endure tough times and get back on their feet. Without this vital support system, those who cannot work because of a medical condition might otherwise fall through the cracks.
SSDI covers a range of conditions, and not just physical ones. Mental illness is among the most common injuries that SSDI covers.
It feels particularly urgent to highlight the support available to those struggling with mental illness during this moment. If you have been facing mental health challenges as America battles the coronavirus, you should know that you’re not alone. Last month, a Washington Post article highlighted the toll this crisis has taken on our collective mental health:
Three months into the coronavirus pandemic, the country is on the verge of another health crisis, with daily doses of death, isolation and fear generating widespread psychological trauma.
Federal agencies and experts warn that a historic wave of mental-health problems is approaching: depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide.
There’s no question that mental illness impacts a person’s ability to succeed in the workplace, but too often, we act as if that were not the case. Though the stigma surrounding mental illness has considerably improved in recent years, many folks experiencing depression or anxiety continue to feel shame. But they shouldn’t. These conditions aren’t a sign of weakness. And they are real, legitimate conditions that adversely impact one’s ability to find steady employment.
Changes in America’s job market have made it difficult for Americans with psychiatric issues to find work. And questions about psychiatric history on job applications are often a barrier to those with mental illness.
Speak with a Memphis SSDI lawyer today
If you cannot work because of mental illness, you may be eligible for SSDI. The application process can be tricky. You need to prove that a) your condition is medically determinable and b) it prevents you from doing your job.
You cannot have a successful application without doctor’s testimony, medical records, and a thorough work history, although having all of those materials doesn’t necessarily guarantee success.
Many people are initially denied and have to go through the appeal process. Our lawyers are here to help you whether you’re applying for the first time or appealing. You don’t have to go through this alone. We will make sure you’re fully set up for success, and we don’t get paid unless you do.