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Seeking SSDI or SSI for disabilities relating to mental illness

When people think of someone who may choose to pursue Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, they may immediately assume that the applicant suffers from some sort of physical injury or illness. However, mental illness can be just as debilitating as a physical injury -- even more in some cases, as these types of illnesses are often hushed-up or go untreated due to the stigma surrounding them. However, it is very important that those in Pennsylvania who need financial help due to a mental illness seek the benefits they are entitled to. Our law firm understands that this can be a confusing process.

Mental illnesses, such as anxiety or depression, along with cognitive deficits caused by drug or alcohol use or a traumatic brain injury can render someone unable to work or perform other activities necessary in one's day-to-day lives. Medical insurance does not always cover all of an applicant's financial needs, making SSDI or SSI benefits very necessary.

It is important to understand the difference between SSI and SSDI benefits. An applicant may be eligible to receive SSI if the applicant is has limited income and is disabled, among other requirements. An applicant may be eligible to receive SSDI benefits if over time the person has paid taxes for Social Security but are no longer able to work. The spouses of a deceased individual may be able to obtain SSDI benefits via that individual's earnings record.

Our firm understands that many people who would like to work are simply unable to do so, due to health conditions beyond their control. To learn more about how the SSDI and SSI application process works in Pennsylvania, please visit our website.

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