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What will I need to prove my mental condition is a disability?

Kissimmee residents who have suffered under a mental condition, ranging from depression to schizophrenia to bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses, know how serious and debilitating these conditions can be. If serious enough, they can keep a person out of the workforce and, at times, barely able to function.

Support for Kissimmee residents with bipolar disorder

For years, the term "manic depression" was used to describe a mental illness characterized by severe mood swings. Today, the clinical term used by professionals is bipolar disorder, and it's something that can lead to an inability to work for Kissimmee residents who struggle with it.

Does autism qualify for Social Security disability benefits?

The autism spectrum covers a range of mental conditions that affect individuals in different ways and with different levels of severity. Although Florida children are often screened for autism in their early years of life, adults can suffer from spectrum-related disorders that may impact their abilities to work and care for themselves. Depending upon the manner in which an autism spectrum disorder impacts a person's capacity to work, the Social Security Administration may decide that the individual qualifies for disability benefits.

Severe obsessive compulsive disorder can become a disability

For many people in Florida, it is hard to put yourself in the shoes of those suffering a mental condition. This is mostly because many of these conditions impact a person internally, meaning it is not entirely visible to those coming into contact with them. With regards to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), many view this as a minor condition, claiming that everyone is a bit OCD. Don't we all like to keep things tidy or have certain things exactly in their place? However, this is a common misconception of this disorder, because it is not about being a perfectionist but rather an illness that is considered to be crippling.

Seeking disability benefits for a mental condition

Not all disabilities are obvious and physical. Many individuals in Florida suffer from mental conditions, causing as almost invisible disability in some cases. Whether or not it is obvious that a person is suffering from a disability, this does not determine if that person is in fact disabled. Thus, many individuals with mental conditions are able to receive Social Security disability benefits, helping them meet their basic living needs that are hindered by their disability.

Myths regarding mental disorders and SSD benefits

Living with a mental illness is anything but easy. What makes this even more challenging is when society does not view these individuals as disabled. The current administration and how they plan to deal with Social Security disability benefits has unfortunately resulted in various myths to circulate. In fact, one of the most harmful myths that some in Florida and nationwide might believe is that mental disorders are one of the more dubious disorders that qualify individuals for SSD benefits.

Advocating for your rights when suffering a mental disorder

Much like a physical impairment or health condition can prevent a person from being able to work, a mental condition could also impact an individual in many facets in their life. Individuals in Florida and elsewhere suffering from a mental disability may face challenges academically, physically, emotionally and mentally. These challenges can make it impossible to obtain or maintain gainful employment. This in turn can present additional problems, such as covering their medical bills, basic living needs and expenses.

Obtaining disability benefits for dissociative identity disorder

Sometimes it is easy to see that a person has a disability. For example, a person with a disability might use a wheelchair or walk with a cane. However, not all disabilities are so visible. Many individuals in Florida and elsewhere suffer from "hidden" disabilities that may not be readily apparent. This can make it difficult for these individuals to get the needs and resources necessary to live with a disability. Mental conditions are not always understood, causing some to not be treated with the same sensitivity as those living with visible disabilities.