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Todd R. Renda, Social Security Disability and SSI Disability Attorney

Social Security Disability Mental Illness Claim

Those who've never experienced emotional illness rarely have any concept of the profoundly destructive and limiting effect these conditions can have.  Unfortunately, this lack of understanding applies to disability examiners and judges, too.  One would think that in confronting mentally ill claimants on a daily basis, they would have more insight into the turmoil these people experience, but that's not always the case.

 As a practical matter, what this means is that if you are a victim of mental illness, don't expect understanding, sympathy or special consideration. This may sound harsh, but it's a reality in the serious business of building a strategy to win your benefits. You'll need to have much stronger medical proof of mental disability and its constricting effect on your capacity to work.

 To win, you'll need to be in treatment and comply with the therapy and any medication regimen your doctor prescribes.  It's best to have a psychiatrist or licensed psychologist as a treating source, since these professionals will have more credibility with a disability examiner or judge.

 Even judges with the best intentions can sometimes lose sight of the unique nature of disabilities with mental and emotional roots.  If you do suffer from emotional illness that prevents you from working full time, do not hesitate under any circumstances to seek benefits. Sometimes claimants are embarrassed by their conditions.  However, if you have the courage to come forward we can help you.

Todd Renda