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Medical evidence needed to prove mental illness for SSDI

Like a serious physical illness or injury, serious mental illnesses can have detrimental effects on one's daily life in New Jersey. Some make it difficult to get out of bed, or able to concentrate for prolonged periods. This can make it difficult to maintain employment, if one is able to work at all, and therefore, make it difficult to meet one's monthly financial obligations. People in this type of situation may receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for the mental illness though, which can help them financially.

However, one must apply for SSDI and prove that they suffer from a debilitating mental illness. The first thing one needs to do is provide medical evidence from medical sources that one in fact, has the mental illness.

This medical evidence can come from many different medical providers. It could come from physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors and others.

The evidence from these medical sources must include a number of things. These include, but are not limited to, the symptoms of the illness, the results of psychiatric and psychological testing, one's adaptive functioning, any diagnoses based on the testing, the types of medication one takes and any side effects of the medication, any therapy the person participates in, how the person functions in therapy and during testing, any physical limitations caused by the mental illness, how long symptoms are anticipated to last and other evidence.

Many people in New Jersey suffer from mental illnesses. The mental illness can affect the person in a variety of ways and in some instances, may prevent the person from being able to work. If this is the case, the person may be able to receive SSDI, but they need to present the proper medical evidence, among other things, about the mental illness. This can be a complicated process and experienced attorneys may be a useful resource.

Source: SSA.gov, "12.00 Mental Disorders - Adult," accessed on April 25, 2017

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