Although many Cincinnati residents would, if asked, probably acknowledge that mental health conditions of various types are serious and can interfere with an Ohioans ability to hold down a regular job, there may still be some questions in the back of people’s minds as to whether and to what extent mental health issues are really disabling conditions. Moreover, mental health conditions are not as easy to see as other illnesses or injuries, which makes them harder to prove.
Fortunately, the federal regulations which guide the Social Security Administration in its decisions whether or not to award SSD benefits make clear that mental health issues, like depression, PTSD, anxiety or common phobias can be considered “disabling,” meaning an Ohioan who suffers from one of these or other mental health conditions can get disability benefits.
However, it is important for those struggling with a mental condition to remember that getting benefits is not simply a matter of reporting to the Administration that one has a qualifying mental health condition, even if that condition is well documented. The person also has to prove that the condition, even with reasonable treatment, prevents the person from working under the objective criteria used by the Administration.
The Administration will look to, and even expect, evidence from a variety of sources when making its decision about a mental health condition, as the full extent of one’s symptoms are not always evident. As a result, those Cincinnati residents who do have a mental condition that is disabling should not hesitate to apply for benefits, but they may want to seek the assistance of a qualified and experienced disability attorney when doing so.