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Social Security Disability for New York Residents with Mental Illness

If you suffer from a severe mental disorder that is disabling, you may be able to receive Social Security disability benefits. A New York Social Security disability lawyer will take time to evaluate your case and determine if you are qualified.

Most individuals with a mental disorder can manage it with medication. They are also able to carry on with a normal daily lifestyle. However, in some circumstances a mental disorder can become debilitating. It can cause an individual to be unable to work and function on a daily basis. This is where Social Security disability benefits can help.

An Overview of Mental Disorders under the Listing of Impairments

The listing of impairments includes a number of mental disorders that may qualify an individual for Social Security disability benefits. Determination of these benefits will be dependent on the degree of limitations, how it affects the ability to work and if the limitations have lasted or are expected to last for a year, continuously. 

Most claims for Social Security disability benefits are initially denied, so it is best to have the help of a New York Social Security disability lawyer from the start, working on your side. They will help you with every aspect of your case from handling the paperwork to assembling important documentation.

Mental Disorders that May Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits

Mental disorders that may qualify for Social Security disability benefits include: 

  • organic mental disorders (behavioral or psychological abnormalities related to brain dysfunction);
  • schizophrenia, paranoia and other psychotic disorders;
  • affective disorders;
  • mental retardation;
  • anxiety-related disorders;
  • somatoform disorders;
  • personality disorders;
  • substance addiction disorders; and
  • autistic disorders and other types of pervasive developmental disorders. 

Individuals must meet certain criteria specific to each type of mental disorder in order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

Help with Obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits

If you need help with filing or appealing a denied claim for Social Security disability benefits, you should consult with a New York Social Security disability lawyer. This specialized area of law requires an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer who will work with you every step of the way.

If you have been diagnosed with a mental disorder and would like to know your legal rights and if you are eligible for Social Security disability benefits, then don't hesitate to consult with a New York Social Security disability lawyer as soon as possible.

Contacting a New York Social Security Disability Lawyer 

Before you file your Social Security disability claim, be sure to take advantage of this free consumer's guide: 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Filing a Social Security Disability Claim. Contact a New York Social Security disability lawyer at The Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr. for help in building your disability claim at 800-310-5520.