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Discretion is important for mental illness disability

Mental illness still retains a stigma in modern American society. Although knowledge and understanding of psychological problems has advanced and education regarding people suffering from these types of conditions has improved, there is still often a subconscious negative reaction from people who find out that someone has a form of mental illness. Unfortunately, unlike other chronic diseases, mental disabilities are still looked at as, at least in part, a weakness in the sufferer.

Because of this, many individuals who have a psychological disorder feel isolated and alone, afraid to discuss their problems for fear that others will judge them. It is important for these individuals to understand that they are not alone, as over three million people in the U.S. who applied for Social Security Disability Insurance in 2013 did so due to a mental illness. The prevalence of many conditions such as depression, anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has been shown again and again in recent years.

However, it is perfectly understandable that when a person first realizes they are struggling with their job due to a mental condition, they may wish that information be kept private. For one thing, the suggestion of an inability to do the work may result in loss of the position before that individual is ready to leave. This is one reason New Jersey disability attorneys are required to keep consultations with potential clients confidential. If you are unsure whether your mental illness is going to qualify you for SSDI because you are or will be unable to work, you can speak to an experienced lawyer without fear that your employer will discover it from that attorney.

Receiving mental illness disability benefits is not always easy, and those whose conditions make it impossible for them to retain employment may wish to consider getting some help in putting forth the best application possible. Given the amount of time a New Jersey disability application may be pending, keeping some information confidential may be of paramount importance to a prospective applicant.

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