Those who suffer mental impairments often find themselves facing more than just the insurance company or government program standing in their way of getting crucial benefits. Often it’s your treating psychiatrist, psychologist or mental health doctor who seems to be working against your mental disability claim. It is important your claim has the support of […]
Are you wondering why your PTSD rating is so low? If you are unsatisfied with the VA’s decision, it may be possible to increase your PTSD rating. The VA ratings for PTSD—and all mental health claims—are set at the following percentage increments: 0%, 10%, 30%, 50%, 70%, and 100%. But the reality is that far […]
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often rated at a level that fails to reflect your actual disabilities and extent or stage of impairment. These and other issues make it very hard for you to get a handle on your PTSD rating. A prevalent disability among U.S. service members, PTSD claims are hard fought battles for […]
Individuals suffering from anxiety disability face each day as a challenge. Because anxiety is difficult to medically and objectively measure, victims of anxiety disorders are often denied when they attempt to claim disability benefits.
Many of the people we help suffer from anxiety disorders, fighting desperately to make sense of their lives.
If anxiety has taken over your life and you are unable to work, you need to speak to an attorney who is completely focused on representing disabled individuals in disability claims. If you have questions, request a free consultation with a lawyer – discuss your anxiety disability with Marc Whitehead today. Don’t Give Up! Call for a Free Consultation.
Different kinds of anxiety disorders exit: Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and phobias.
People who are addicted to alcohol, drugs, or other substances that affect the central nervous system may be eligible to receive disability benefits through Social Security if they exhibit severe enough physical or behavioral changes.
These changes are laid down in the Social Security Administration’s Listings of Impairments, which is a large guide that compiles, defines, and lists severity requirements for every single disabling condition that they recognize. If you can show them that the issue you’re suffering from meets one of these listings, you will automatically qualify for benefits.
Generally speaking, that’s the approval route that people should try first. So how do you meet the listing for substance addiction disorders?
Illness anxiety disorder, previously known as hypochondriasis, has gotten a facelift of sorts in the DSM-5. The portrayal of hypochondriacs in media was so pervasive (and typically negative) that experts found both laymen and professionals approaching the disorder and those who seemed to have it from a place that was less than objective, resulting in confusion and misdiagnoses.
The DSM-5 attempts to rectify that problem by both changing the name of the disorder itself and further clarifying the kind and degree of symptoms that professionals should look for when trying to diagnose it. Those filing claims for hypochondriasis – or, now, illness anxiety disorder – need to know these new guidelines so that they don’t neglect to bring up symptoms that doctors will be looking for.
We all get anxious from time to time. It’s a normal part of life. But if the anxiety you feel is so severe that it prevents you from living normally, you may want to look into whether or not you qualify for disability through Social Security.
How can someone obtain disability benefits? The SSA offers two pathways to have your claim approved. You can attempt to prove that your condition is in their Listings of Impairments, or you can use their Five Step Sequential Process to show that, even if they haven’t defined your issue yet, it is serious enough to be considered the equivalent of one of the disabilities they have defined.
What Are the 8 Categories of Mental Disorders Eligible for VA Compensation Claims?
Whether the inflicted party is eligible for VA compensation claims or not, mental disorders are a truly awful thing for anyone to have to live with. But establishing a mental disorder as service-connected can certainly make things somewhat easier by giving the veteran access to care. However, in order to qualify for these veterans benefits, the mental disorder in question must first fall into certain specific categories.