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What To Know About SSDI For Mental Health Awareness Week


At some point in time, you or a loved one have probably experienced a mental health struggle of some kind. Stress, grief, and trauma are all external factors that can challenge nearly anyone’s mental and emotional state. Hopefully, you have bounced back from the adversity and felt okay once it has passed over. For others, it may not be so easy.

Anxiety, mood, and personality disorders are just a few mental health conditions that can affect somebody’s day-to-day life consistently and throughout their lifetime. In many cases, they can be managed with a proper treatment plan. However, in more severe cases, it could require extra assistance from the Social Security Administration (SSA). At Daggett Shuler, we encourage the Triad community to advocate and provide resources for those who are struggling with a mental illness during Mental Health Awareness Week, which is observed October 3rd through the 9th.

How the SSA Can Help Those Suffering

Those suffering from mental health issues can receive a diagnosis and manage their illness with therapy and medication. For many, this combination greatly helps alleviate the symptoms, helping them go about their everyday lives. For others, conventional treatment is not enough, and their mental health remains a hindrance to their ability to work and live independently.

For the latter, the SSA can provide Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) as an alternative income for those diagnosed with a qualifying mental illness that prevents them from sustaining employment. If you or a loved one are struggling with a mental illness or impairment that prevents you from functioning day-to-day, you may be eligible for SSD benefits.

 Qualifying Mental Health Conditions

The list of disorders and disabilities that the SSA uses to determine eligibility for social security disability benefits is called the Blue Book. According to the Blue Book, there are multiple categories of mental conditions that would qualify an individual to receive benefits.

These conditions are assessed individually in each candidate. If someone is seeking SSDI benefits for any one of these conditions, they will need to prove that their condition (or the summation of different conditions) renders them unable to live, work and function alone. It is also very important to provide evidence that they are receiving and complying with treatment for their illness to demonstrate the need for ongoing mental health care.

We’re Here to Help

Mental illness is an invisible and silent struggle for many. Mental Health Awareness Week aims to break that silence. If you or a loved one are impacted by a qualifying mental health condition to the extent that it disrupts your ability to work and sustain yourself, you may be eligible for SSDI. Your team of attorneys at Daggett Shuler want you to have the best chance at a safe and stable future and will work tirelessly to ensure it. Need help? Submit an inquiry form on our website or call our office at (336)-724-1234 for a free consultation. You can depend on Daggett Shuler.

I would like to take time to thank the staff at Daggett Shuler Attorneys at Law. To Megan Youngblood for helping me get my disability started; thank you so much for everything!

Olivia Winston