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Mental Illness and Disability Benefits

Texans, and other people in the United States, commonly perceive disability as physical. When people hear the word “disability,” many envision of a person in a wheelchair, or someone who is unable to see or hear.

Mental disorders are less visible, but may be just as detrimental to living a normal life as physical disability. Some mental illnesses allow the person to claim Supplemental Security Income.

There are several disabilities that may enable the affected person to file an SSI claim. They are schizophrenia, mental retardation, anxiety-related disorders, somatoform disorders, affective disorders (including depression), substance addiction, and autism.

Individuals suffering from these conditions must be able to prove that their disorder prevents them from performing normal daily activities. This means that the disorder must be severe enough to drastically impact day-to-day life.

For example, a schizophrenic person who is still able to drive to work, buy their own groceries, and shower would be unable to claim benefits. Likewise, individuals who are limited by anxiety must be able to prove they have continuous and prolonged muscle tension, apprehension, and hyperactivity in order to claim benefits.

Clearly, some of these factors may be hard to prove. If you or a loved one is suffering from an extreme mental disorder in Texas, you don’t have to go on without aid. Please consider contacting an attorney to find out whether or not you could file for supplemental security income benefits today.