Can You Get Social Security Disability in Oklahoma for a Mental Illness?

Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys

A woman struggles with a mental illness at her home in Oklahoma.

If you live in Oklahoma and suffer from a mental illness like bipolar disorder, major depression, generalized anxiety disorder, or schizophrenia, then you might qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits — but first, you need to know if you are eligible. This article will take a look at the conditions for SSDI eligibility in Oklahoma, what social security disability benefits are available to people with mental illnesses, and how to apply for SSDI if you feel like you might be eligible.

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Mental Disorders That Qualify You For SSDI

There are many mental disorders that may qualify an individual for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in Oklahoma. Some of the more common disorders that can lead to a disability determination include:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • PTSD

To receive SSDI benefits, claimants must be able to show that their mental disorder is so severe that it prevents them from working. This can be done by providing medical records and other documentation that details the claimant’s symptoms, treatment history, and functional limitations.

Criteria That Must Be Met to Receive Disability Benefits

To receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits in Oklahoma for a mental illness, you must prove that your mental condition is “severe” and meets specific requirements.

A “severe” mental illness is one that significantly limits your ability to work and perform everyday activities. To be considered severe, your mental illness must:

  • Cause intense symptoms that last for at least two weeks or interfere with your ability to function independently, socially, and/or vocationally; AND
  • Be diagnosed by a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist

An Oklahoma lawyer helps a client navigate through the complications of a mental Illness claim.

SSDI Mental Illness Claims Are Complicated

When it comes to mental illness and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in Oklahoma, things can get complicated. The main reason for this is that there are many different types of mental illnesses, and each one can affect a person in different ways.

This means that when it comes to filing an SSDI claim based on mental illness, it’s important to be as detailed and specific as possible about the symptoms you’re experiencing and how they impact your ability to work.

Unfortunately, even with all the details, there’s no guarantee that your claim will be approved. The approval process for SSDI claims can be lengthy and complex, so it’s important to have patience and be prepared for a potential denial.

If you are denied benefits, you have the right to appeal the decision. This process can also be complicated, but working with an experienced disability attorney can help make it a little easier.

Need Help Filing for Disability? The Wolf Pack™ Has Your Back

The Wolf Pack™ is a team of experienced Social Security Disability lawyers who are dedicated to helping Oklahoma citizens get the benefits they need. If you are suffering from a mental illness and need help filing for disability, we can help.

We understand the challenges you are facing and will work with you to get the best possible outcome for your case. We have a proven track record of success and will fight for you every step of the way. Give us a call or fill out our form below to contact us today for a free consultation.

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