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Being diagnosed with a mental condition can be difficult to handle. A person is not only struggling with the symptoms of the condition but also the life-changing impacts it causes. One is never prepared for what this diagnosis will truly bring; however, individuals in Florida suffering from a mental illness have opportunities to regain control of some areas of their lives. If a person is unable to work because of a mental condition, he or she could offset the financial hardships caused by a loss of income by applying for Social Security Disability.

Can you receive SSD benefits for suffering bipolar disorder?

Suffering from a mental condition is often a challenging time for individuals in Florida and elsewhere. Being diagnosed with a serious mental illness, such a bipolar disorder, can greatly alter a person's life. Although the person may understand that their life is difficult or challenging, they might not recognize themselves as disabled. Nonetheless, this mental condition can be debilitating, causing some to be unable to work. In these cases, individuals might want to seek out their options when it comes to Social Security disability.

Is bipolar a qualified mental condition for SSD benefits?

Suffering from a mental illness or condition can be life-altering. Many residents in Florida suffer a wide range of mental conditions, some of them long-term and disabling. When a person is battling bipolar disorder, for example, it often means that he or she will not be able to maintain gainful employment.

Seeking SSD benefits for an organic mental disorder

Suffering from a mental illness can be a very debilitating situation. It is not only a condition that causes an individual mental and even physical impairments, it can make it challenging to enjoy life or maintain gainful employment. Therefore, it is not only important to take any type of mental disorder seriously but it is also imperative to consider what financial options are available to those suffering from a mental condition.

Those pursuing SSD benefits for mental conditions can seek help

Last week on the blog we discussed substance addiction and how it can play a role in obtaining Social Security disability. For many people in Florida and across the nation, substance addiction is a disease that has reshaped their day-to-day lives. Sometimes the addiction is the result of an underlying mental health condition, or sometimes substance use results in a mental or physical condition. For example, if an individual can show that his or her anxiety or panic attacks meet the Social Security Administration's requirements for disability, then he or she will be awarded SSD benefits even if that condition was caused by substance addiction.

Substance addiction and Social Security disability

Substance abuse has become an ever-growing problem across Florida and the country as a whole. Those who suffer from an addiction can face significant hardship in their personal and professional lives. As scientists continue to study addiction, there is growing consensus that addiction is a disease. With that in mind, many may find themselves wondering if they qualify for Social Security disability benefits if their addiction has rendered them unable to work.

PTSD affects millions of Americans

When Floridians hear about post-traumatic stress disorder, many think of military service members who have been exposed to explosions and gun fights. While these individuals certainly may develop the condition, they are not the only people who can be affected by PTSD. PTSD suffers can experience a wide-array of symptoms, and the results can have a drastic impact on their day-to-day lives. For some, the condition is disabling, making it impossible for them to find and hold employment. This, in turn, can lead to financial instability.

Those suffering from psychotic disorders may qualify for SSD

Mental health is critically important for living a productive and healthy life. Tragically, though, millions of Americans face mental health issues. While some, like depression, can often be effectively treated with medication, other mental conditions leave an individual unable to live what others consider a normal life. This can raise many challenges, but one of the most important, and basic, amongst them is how these individuals are going to make money, as oftentimes their condition leaves them unable to work.

Reevaluation of disability under Social Security disability

Mental health is critically important for all Floridians. While many of us go through life without having to deal with issues related to our mental health, many others cannot escape problems caused by mental disorders. Tragically, even with the assistance of medication and other medical treatments, these individuals may struggle to live a normal life. This includes holding a job, meaning that they may not have a steady income to support themselves. Such a lack of income can leave them destitute, unable to afford their medical care, housing and food. This can be especially true for those dealing with schizophrenia, paranoia and other psychotic disorders.

Daily activities and social functioning requirements for SSD

When a Kissimmee resident is having mental issues and believes that he or she will qualify for Social Security disability benefits for mental conditions, it can be confusing when trying to comprehend the requirements for an approval. Certain factors are taken into account when the Social Security Administration (SSA) decides whether the impairment is severe enough to warrant benefits. These include activities of daily living; social functioning; concentration, persistence or pace; and decompensation. This post will center on activities of daily living and social functioning.