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Mental Illness and Eligibility for Social Security Disability Benefits

Some illnesses and conditions that render us unable to work aren't as visible as others. While it may be easy to understand that a worker with a back injury or head injury is unable to continue earning his or her wage, it is harder to understand why a worker struggling with severe depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia is unable to hold a job and support themselves or their family.

Mental illness can be just as crippling as a physical illness - and many people diagnosed with serious mental disorders cannot continue to work. Ironically, a mental illness often makes approval of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits even more difficult. Many of those suffering from a mental illness have difficulty completing the application process, and some are challenged with recognizing their own symptoms or describing their behaviors.

In addition, providing the Social Security Administration (SSA) with the appropriate documentation and records of your mental illness is more difficult than with a physical illness - especially considering that many of those suffering from metal issues and disorders do not often get the care that they need.

Finally, it is difficult to prove duration - that your illness will last longer than 12 months - especially when dealing with cases of depression or bipolar disorder that can wax and wane throughout your life.

If you have a mental illness and are seeking SSDI in North Carolina, contacting a board-certified specialist in North Carolina Social Security Disability benefits may be vital to your case, especially if you have already applied for benefits and received a denial. SSA decisions regarding mental health disability benefits can be even more arbitrary than other decisions - don't get discouraged if you are rejected, get professional help.