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Applying for California SSD benefits due to mental impairments

Californians are coming to understand that millions of Americans are living every day with a mental disease. For some Californians, the issue can be addressed with medication and therapy, and they are able to cope with the mental impairment and still maintain employment. But, for many others, the mental illness is too much to overcome and still be a part of the workforce. For people who find themselves in this position, applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits for the illness could be a possibility.

Clinical depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders are some of the more common mental ailments that can lead to approval to receive SSD benefits. To apply for SSD benefits due to clinical depression, documentation of a sustained history of dealing with the mental illness must be provided to the Social Security Administration in the initial application for benefits. In fact, about two years of documentation is needed in most cases.

A person who is suffering from bipolar disorder can see such significant swings in their mood and behavior that employment options can become extremely limited. In the depression swing, a person can feel many of the same symptoms that a person with clinical depression can feel. But, a person with bipolar disorder will then swing back to a state of "mania," which can include both euphoria and feelings of anger. Anxiety disorders can encompass a wide range of issues, from panic attacks to irrational fears. Nonetheless, this disorder can leave a Los Angeles resident with limited employment opportunities.

At our law firm, we understand the complicated circumstances that people with mental impairments can find themselves in. We do our best to help our clients put together a strong application for SSD benefits. For more information on SSD benefits, please visit our website.

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