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Depression, Anxiety And Bipolar Disorder

In some cases, it is simple for people to prove that they need Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. They have a visible disability that makes it easy for everyone to see that they are going to have difficulty working. In other cases, including claims related to anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder, the condition isn't as obvious.

I have more than 20 years of experience representing claimants for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and I put my experience to work for my clients. I guide people with mental illnesses and conditions through the application process, helping them file initial claims or appeals of denied or refused claims. I can frequently identify mental conditions that had not been addressed previously. I also can recommend people be evaluated or treated for their mental health conditions in order to help win the case.

How Well Do You Function Despite The Challenges You Face?

In order for a person to receive SSDI or SSI benefits because of mental disabilities, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, mental retardation or other mental conditions, he or she must prove not only that an impairment exists but that it exists at a level so severe that it is disabling.

This can be especially challenging.

Many people struggle with depression or anxiety, but they are able to work. Others struggle with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or other mental conditions so severe that they are unable to go anywhere — even to the doctor for help. They are left without medical records of their mental health problems. The Social Security Administration looks at their records and decides that there is no proof that the impairment exists.

As an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer, I can and do ask that people be evaluated by the Social Security Administration for mental illnesses and conditions even where there are no records already existing. As an experienced lawyer, I know these common pitfalls, and I help my clients put their SSDI applications in the best manner possible.

What I Tell My Clients

The best piece of advice that I often give is to be honest with your doctor and therapist about the symptoms of your mental illness. Your doctor or therapist will probably start your office visit by asking you how you're doing. It can feel like a reflex to automatically say "fine" or "OK" — even if you aren't doing well at all.

When your doctor or therapist asks you how you're doing, tell him or her the truth. Tell your doctor about your symptoms and struggles and how they impact your life. This is critical to you getting the help you need, but it is also critical to your medical record. People who are doing "OK," "all right," "fine," should be able to work. People who are not "OK," "all right" or "fine" can be found disabled. The Social Security Administration reviews medical records very carefully, and people whose medical records reflect their struggles with severe symptoms from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or other mental health issues have an easier time getting the benefits they need.

Contact The Firm For A Free Consultation

Whether you are making an initial application for benefits or your claim has been denied, I can assist you with your SSDI or SSI claim. Contact the firm today for a free consultation with an attorney. Call The Disability Law Office of Jeffrey S. Lichtman, LLC, at 215-731-1150 or toll free at 800-346-7600.