NEVADA & MENTAL DISABILITY
OBTAINING DISABILITY BENEFITS IN NEVADA FOR MENTAL HEALTH IMPAIRMENTS
If you live in Nevada and have a mental disability, Cannon Disability Law can help you win disability benefits. In order to win benefits for mental health, you need treatment. There are many free and low-cost treatment options in Nevada. The best thing you can do for your case is go to seek treatment. Treatment includes medication, counseling, and possibly the care of a psychiatrist and psychologist.
There are nine categories of mental health which the SSA considers to be serious mental health illness. In Nevada, the most common serious mental illnesses we see include:
- Major depression and Bipolar Disorder
- Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Borderline Personality Disorder
In order to win disability in Nevada, you must prove you have one of SSA’s nine categories of mental illness. There are specific elements of each mental illness that you must prove in order to obtain benefits. For example, under Major Depression, you must symptoms that include insomnia, trouble concentrating, memory problems, sadness, crying spells, social isolation, and possibly suicidal thoughts. If you have these symptoms you must also show that they prevent you from working.
Affective Disorders (Major Depressive Disorder/Bipolar Disorder)
The requirements to qualify for mental health disability benefits in Nevada, vary with the type of affective disorder. However, you must have medical documentation showing that your mental health affects your ability to function in a 40 hour work week, despite undergoing mental health. You must show either that you:
- Have been in treatment for two years and cannot function outside of a supportive environment or
- Have medical documentation giving sufficient evidence that your condition hinders you from reasonably being expected to function in any work environment.
Of course, you must also show the symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder. Those symptoms should be easy to spot in your medical record. For example, the SSA will look to see if you have memory problems, insomnia, concentration issues, and social isolation. Additionally, the SSA will look for mental issues with crying spells, panic attacks, difficulty with weight, and suicidal thoughts. These symptoms must impact your ability to do daily activities at work and around your home. Most people will see a mental health doctor. For example, people with depression get treatment from a psychologist, psychiatrist, nurse practitioners, and counselors.
Nevada Mental Disability Benefits for Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety Disorder are a common mental illness. In Nevada, to qualify for Social Security disability benefits with an anxiety disorder, your medical evidence must show you have at least one of the following:
- Persistent anxiety with appropriate symptoms (i.e., motor tension, apprehensive expectation, etc.)
- Constant irrational fear
- Recurring, unpredictable panic attacks at least weekly
- Recurring compulsions and obsessions leading to significant distress
In addition, the evidence must show that these conditions significantly impact your ability to function in normal work settings. Mental health evidence is crucial to winning the claim. Your counselor or psychologist can provide documentation that you cannot work or that you have panic attacks at work. Your family or friends can write statements about the difficulty you may have with anxiety. Additionally, if you have been fired or lost a job due to anxiety, your past employer can give a statement as evidence in your case.
Psychotic Disorders (including Paranoia and Schizophrenia)
To qualify for disability with psychotic disorders, you must have medical evidence showing that for two years or more your condition made it so you could not work a full-time job. The medical evidence must show that any change in your work situation would lead to more mental health problems. In other words, that work stress makes your mental health worse. The evidence, in the alternative, can show you are incapable of living outside of a supportive environment. Some examples of supportive environments are a mental health facility, nursing home, or mental hospital. You may qualify for benefits if you have one of the following conditions:
- Disorganized behavior
- Illogical thinking
- Speech significantly affected by blunt effect, inappropriate affect, or flat affect
- Isolation and emotional withdrawal
It is not necessary to have every single symptom on this list to show you have a psychotic disorder. However, people who have psychotic disorders typically have some of these symptoms over a long period of time.
In Nevada, you can qualify for Social Security disability benefits with a personality disorder. You will need evidence showing your condition causes you to be unable to adapt to work situations. For example, your personality disorder may make it difficult for you to get along with coworkers or supervisors. You may be fired from multiple jobs. Or, you may have trouble getting along in a school setting. Sometimes, a personality disorder makes it hard to get along with your neighbors or even your family. Your personality disorder needs to cause at least one of these symptoms:
- Autistic thinking
- Inappropriate hostility
- Inappropriate suspiciousness
- Odd thought, speech, behavior, or perception patterns
- Constant mood disturbances
- Impulsive, damaging behavior, especially regarding relationships
If you have these symptoms and they impact your ability to perform full-time work, you may qualify for disability benefits. Contact Cannon Disability Law today. We can often tell you over the phone if we can take your case. We will be asking you questions about your mental impairments. Also, we will be asking you the names and addresses of your treating mental health providers. For example, we will want to know the name and address of your counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist. Additionally, we may also ask you for a list of your medications.
This is the information we use to file an application for your benefits at ssa.gov. If you have already applied for benefits and been denied by the SSA, don’t worry. We can still help you. We are experts at filing appeals for our clients and winning cases at the hearing level. In the last 30 years, we have won over 17,000 disability cases. Put our Nevada experience to work for you. Contact us today.