Understanding How to Qualify for Disability for Mental Conditions



Qualifying Mental Disability

Disabilities due to mental conditions can have an impact on families and can prevent disabled individuals from earning a living to support their families. Social Security Disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income provide options for disabled individuals. However, it can be difficult to successfully obtain much-needed benefits. Most applications, in fact, are denied. But, there is a rigorous appeals process available to applicants.

To help avoid frustration and obtain benefits, clearly understanding the application process, being familiar with the appeals process, and having the right information can all be helpful when applying for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits. A qualifying mental condition is required to obtain disability benefits. Certain mental conditions are considered qualifying for disability benefits. Additional medical conditions may also qualify for disability benefits based on the circumstances.

While Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can offer much-needed assistance for people in this position, these benefits can be difficult to obtain. In fact, most initial claims are denied. To improve your chance of success on appeal, consult with a skilled lawyer at our firm today.

Georgia Lawyer Helping You Obtain SSD and SSI Benefits

At the Law Office of Ellene Welsh, we understand how stressful and frustrating the SSD or SSI benefit process can be. Using our extensive experience, and offering individualized legal service, we strive to ease the burden by vigorously pursuing benefits so you can focus on taking care of yourself. Our firm proudly works with clients in Douglasville, Columbus, West Georgia and the nearby areas.

Our clients range from Vietnam veterans suffering from PTSD to teens with undiagnosed learning disabilities. Call us at 770-489-3456  to schedule a free initial consultation.

What Mental Conditions Qualify for SSI or SSD Benefits?

To obtain Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income, you must be able to prove you have a qualifying mental disability. The list of recognized conditions includes:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Down syndrome and other developmental or intellectual disabilities
  • Learning disabilities
  • Traumatic brain injuries

The Importance of Medical Evidence

SSD and SSI claims must be supported by proper medical evidence that shows a long history of mental health treatment. We will communicate with the appropriate specialists, including doctors, schools and others who can vouch for your disability. If your mental disability is linked to a physical impairment, we can help show the connection and identify the root of your inability to work. Our firm can help you gather the required medical records and properly prepare your case, walking you through the appeals process.

Speak With a Knowledgeable Social Security Disability Attorney

If you have questions about qualifying mental disorders for SSD or SSI, we can help. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation with an SSD mental disability attorney.

Our firm handles these cases on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay no attorney fees until we obtain benefits for you.

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Avedis SmithAvedis Smith
20:02 27 Jul 23
When I first got my review denial letter from SSA and had to appeal I was crushed...I contacted several lawyers and no one wanted to take my case. I contacted Ellene Welsh law firm and spoke with Annette and told her about my situation(she spoke with Attorney Welsh) they agreed and took my case. Let me tell you, they are so thorough...they took the time to explain everything to me each step of the way and obtained all medical records, worked endlessly with my SSA hearing officer, and help ease my anxiety. I'm happy to write after a long battle I received a fully favorable decision with no hearing!! If you need a office that will work tirelessly for you then look no further...Thankyou so much to Attorney Welsh and Annette...
Donl AtkinsDonl Atkins
21:47 02 Jan 23
Mrs Welsh and her staff were so helpful. They kept me informed every step of the way and I received a better decision than I expected.Would hire them again if needed.
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17:19 02 Nov 22
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Kimberly HanbackKimberly Hanback
17:04 05 Oct 22
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20:29 11 Jul 22
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17:46 02 Feb 22
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Pam ScheibPam Scheib
02:49 01 Feb 17
I became a client of Ellene's 3 years ago. When I first met Ellene she took a great deal of time to go over my denied paperwork from Social Security. She explained it was not a quick process and we would be looking at least another year to eighteen months before a hearing. She explained every step! When I had questions Becky and other office staff were always there to walk me through my questions and ease my mind and at times frustrations. Never along this journey did I feel ignored or abandoned. Ellene's staff got all my records together for my hearing and thanks to their hard work we got an immediate decision. It is very rare, I knew it was a good case going in, but Ellene made sure every "I" was dotted and every "T" was crossed. She was excellent in front of the judge and knows what she is doing. It was her 20 plus years experience that makes her so good! I can't thank Ellene and her staff enough for all their time, hard work and dedication in helping me with my case. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a Social Security Disability Attorney.

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With 35 years of legal experience, Attorney Ellene Welsh specializes in assisting individuals in the Douglasville, Columbus, and West Georgia areas to secure Work Comp, Social Security Disability, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, leveraging her in-depth knowledge of the systems and collaborating with admin officials to secure her clients the financial support they deserve.

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