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How Social Security Handles Mental Illness Claims

It’s not irregular for those applying for social security under a disability to give a mental illness as their reasoning. If you are one suffering from a mental illness, The Law Offices of Dr. Bill LaTour can help you with your claim. You must be able to prove that the mental illness that you claim to be suffering from is sever enough that it prohibits you to function properly, in the means of a full time job. If the basic requirements are indeed met, Social Security will begin to review the mental illness (E.G.: bi-polar disorder, depression or anxiety).

Social Security and Mental Illness

Social Security refers to a list of mental disorders to see if the disability you are claiming is met under their standards. The illnesses referenced on The Listings will automatically be approved for the SSA benefits.

Below are some of the conditions that the SSA recognizes:

  • organic disorders (such as Alzheimer’s)
  • personality disorders
  • depression
  • addiction
  • OCD
  • PTSD
  • schizophrenia
  • autism

Being diagnosed of the illness isn’t necessarily enough to gain eligibility; you must also be able to show how the illness is preventative of the duties of a full time job.

When Your Condition Isn’t Listed

If for one reason or another your condition is not deemed of meeting the requirements, the SSA will perform a further evaluation of your symptoms. That evaluation will be the MRFC, or the mental residual functional capacity. The MRFC measures your limits you can complete working a job full time. After undergoing further review, the SSA will either determine that you do have the MFRC or don’t have the MRFC to otherwise work full time at an establishment. If they deem you do not have the MRFC, you will be approved, and if not, denied.

Your medical records and statements from your physicians and psychologists will assist the SSA in determining the state of your mental capacity. Without the help from your doctor(s) it is fairly unlikely to successfully obtain a claim based on your mental condition. To further assist you, an MRFC from a physician specializing in mental conditions is needed.

Hiring a disability attorney can assist you by making this process a bit easier for you. Your attorney will see to it that your doctor has a properly completed MRFC form to be submitted to the SSA.

If You Have Functional Limitations

Functional limitations are limitations brought upon you due to your mental illness. These limitations prohibit you from otherwise living your life normally. The SSA also looks into these to see if you are being held back in these areas:

  • Daily activities, such as picking children up from school, handling bills, taking care of hygiene.
  • Socializing with others in a healthy manner.
  • Perseverance, focus and ability to stay on task.

In an attempt to prove that you don’t have the proper mental state to get work done, you must be able to show that at least two of the above listed functional limitations are indeed severe.

Working with a Social Security Disability Lawyer

It’s recommended that you work with a social security disability lawyer to make the process of your MRFC easier, and to lessen the legal load of pursuing your mental illness claim. Contact The Law Offices of Bill LaTour today to schedule your home visit.

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