May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Millions of Americans are forced to live every day of their lives afflicted by mental illness. Unfortunately, there are many stigmas attached to these diseases, as their intangibility makes it difficult for people who do not suffer from them to understand the full extent of their debilitating nature. In 2013, to help fight this stigma and to raise awareness on the numbers of people who truly suffer from these conditions, President Barack Obama declared May to be National Mental Health Awareness Month.

It is also important to highlight the fact that people who suffer from mental illnesses may receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, just like people who suffer from physical illnesses and injuries. For the purposes of SSD benefits, a “disability” is defined as being any type of condition that limits or prevents a person from working. Anyone who cannot work for a period longer than one year or who has a condition that will likely lead to death could qualify for these benefits.

There are a number of mental health conditions that could lead to someone qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits. Common examples include schizophrenia, manic depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder, but there are many other conditions that could severely hinder your ability to work and earn a living on a regular basis. Thus, SSD represents an important social safety net that can help prevent you from suffering extreme financial hardships.

If you or a loved one is dealing with a serious mental condition, be aware that you could qualify for SSD benefits, just as people who suffer from severe physical conditions do. For more information on the Social Security application or appeals process, contact the experienced North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia personal injury lawyers at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban online or at (888) 351-1038.

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