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Common mental health conditions that qualify for disability

There are many different kinds of mental health conditions that will qualify an Alabama resident to receive Social Security disability (SSD) benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has an official listing of all the mental health conditions that qualify as "inherently disabling." Also, if a condition is not found on the list, the SSA will review the symptoms to determine if the condition qualifies the applicant for disability benefits.

What are compassionate Social Security allowances?

In some cases, it is so obvious that an Alabama resident is disabled and in need of government assistance, that it seems like a crime to make him or her wait through the awful application process -- especially when it's clear to any lay person that the patient is completely unable to hold down any kind of job. In these situations, however, the individual may be able to qualify for a Compassionate Allowance, or CAL.

Proving you're disabled to the Social Security Administration

Qualifying for Social Security disability insurance or Supplemental Security Income is not a done deal. It takes time and effort, and sometimes a little bit of ingenuity if the Social Security Administration decides to reject your claim. In fact, there is a little-known fact that filers for SSDI and SSI benefits need to know: Most claims for government benefits are denied.

Acceptable sources of medical information

When applying for Social Security Disability Insurance, applicants will need to offer evidence of their impairments, and that evidence needs to come from medical professionals deemed "acceptable" by the Social Security Administration. Then, after the impairment has been established, the SSA will accept other sources of information, including non-medical evidence, to assess the severity of the impairment.

How is it determined that I am disabled?

You might feel like you're disabled but until the United States Social Security Administration approves your application for disability benefits, you will not receive any government assistance. This article will discuss the process the SSA goes through in determining your disability status.

What is a Social Security Disability reconsideration?

When some people learn that their Social Security Disability Insurance claim has been denied, they go back to square one and fill out a new application, hoping to avoid whatever the problem was with their initial claim. However, you generally have a better chance of getting your claim being approved if you file an appeal instead. The first appeal is called a "reconsideration."

How can you get your Social Security Disability claim approved?

While the number of Social Security Disability Insurance applications has more than doubled since 1999, the rate being approved has dropped from over 50 percent to about 33 percent. That's why it's more important than ever to know the rules and take care when submitting an SSDI application.

Mental health SSDI claims present unique challenges

People with a mental health issue that prevents them from working may be able to claim Social Security Disability Insurance, just as those with physical disabilities can. However, they often face some additional challenges when filing an SSDI claim for a mental disorder.

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