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Mental Health Disability Claims

If you or a family member is unable to hold a job because of mental illness or other mental impairment, it may be grounds for a Social Security disability claim. However, mental illness claims can be very difficult to document. You should be represented by an attorney with experience in these complex cases.

Mossman Law Office has a proven record of helping people with mental disorders get qualified for disability pay. I have practiced in SSDI and SSI law for 25 years, representing clients across the Boise area, southwest Idaho and eastern Oregon. Contact me today for the knowledge and dedicated advocacy you will need to win.

Experienced in Mental Illness Disability Claims
Free Case Evaluation • 208-342-6900

Social Security Disability — Mental Impairment

We have handled every type of mental illness and mental capacity claim:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar disorder ("manic depressive")
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia / psychotic disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Mental retardation and autism
  • Organic mental disorders (brain damage)

Certain claims, such as mental impairment from a head injury, may overlap with physical impairment claims. Depression often stems from a work injury, disease diagnosis or other medical condition. I make sure that the claim is filed under the proper listing(s) for best chance of approval.

Proving that Mental Illness Is Disabling

A person whose body is fine may be unable to obtain or keep a job. To receive SSDI, the mental illness or impairment must keep you out of work for 12 months. The Social Security Administration must also be convinced that you are not faking the illness and cannot perform simpler jobs requiring a lower mental ability.

The key is solid medical documentation:

  • Treatment records (diagnosis, prognosis, medications, therapy)
  • Supporting affidavits from treating physicians, psychiatrists or psychologists
  • Input from family members and care providers

I work closely with claimants, family and witnesses to build the claim, but my goal is to take over the full burden of the long, complex and exasperating process of qualifying for SSDI/SSI. Most mental illness claims are denied on the first application, and also upon reconsideration. About 75 percent end up at the ALJ hearing and appeals stages, where I have a notable success rate.

Chronic pain and mental illness is devastating enough without having to fight a huge and slow bureaucracy alone. Call today at 208-342-6900 or contact us online for a free phone consultation and free in-office follow-up.

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Phone: 208-342-6900 | Fax: 208-343-5791 | E-Mail Hugh Mossman