UTAH AND MENTAL DISABILITY
If you live in Utah and have a mental disability, Cannon Disability Law can help you win SSD and SSI benefits. Also, we can help you find mental health services. Mental health therapy, counseling, and other forms of treatment are available in Utah. This includes not only the Salt Lake City area, but other cities too. For example, free mental health services are available in Ogden, Cedar City, Vernal, Logan, and St. George.
OBTAINING SSD & SSI BENEFIT IN UTAH FOR MENTAL HEALTH IMPAIRMENTS
In order to win benefits for mental health, then you need treatment. There are many free and low-cost treatment options in Utah. The best thing you can do for your case is to seek ongoing treatment.
Treatment includes medication, counseling, and possibly the care of a psychiatrist and psychologist. Ongoing treatment means you visit your therapist once a week or twice a month.
There are several categories of mental health conditions which the SSA considers to be disabling mental illnesses. In Utah, serious mental illnesses include:
- Neurocognitive Disorders (12.02)
- Schizophrenia and other Psychotic Disorders (12.03)
- Depression and Bipolar and Related Disorders (12.04)
- Intellectual Disorder (12.05)
- Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (12.06)
- Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders (12.07)
- Personality and Impulse-control Disorders (12.08)
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (12.10)
- Neurodevelopmental Disorders (12.11)
- Eating Disorders (12.13)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)(12.15)
In order to win disability in Utah, you must prove your mental illness falls under one of SSA’s categories. Each mental illness category has specific elements you must prove. For example, under Major Depression, you must have symptoms that include insomnia, trouble concentrating, and memory problems. Also, you must show crying spells, social isolation, and suicidal thoughts.
If you have these symptoms, then you must also show they prevent you from working. However, you can’t just tell the SSA you have these symptoms. Instead, your medical records must show the symptoms and that you receive treatment for them.
ANXIETY DISORDER IN UTAH
Anxiety Disorder is another common mental illness. In Utah, to qualify for Social Security disability benefits for 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 these conditions significantly impact your ability to function in a normal work setting. For example, perhaps you have anxiety attacks at work and have to go home. Likewise, you may not be able to focus on work tasks due to your anxiety. You need evidence proving your problems. Learn more about medical evidence here.
Mental health evidence is crucial to winning your disability claim. Your counselor or psychologist can provide documentation that you cannot work. Even your past employer can provide evidence of your panic attacks at work.
Likewise, your family or friends can write statements about your anxiety difficulties. Additionally, if you have been fired from a job due to anxiety, your past employer can give a statement as to why you were fired.
SCHIZOPHRENIA ANOTHER MENTAL DISABILITY IN UTAH
Another example we could look at is Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a disabling impairment. Under the Schizophrenia listing, you must show you have either delusions or hallucinations, disorganized thinking (speech), or disorganized behavior or catatonia. Not only must you have one of these symptoms, you must also have either an extreme impairment or two moderate impairments in:
- Understand, remember, or apply information (see 12.00E1).
- Interact with others (see 12.00E2).
- Concentrate, persist, or maintain pace (see 12.00E3).
- Adapt or manage oneself (see 12.00E4).
Without medical evidence, it will be impossible to prove that you have marked or extreme impairments. You must have a physician, psychiatrist, or psychologist who can confirm your mental symptoms. If you don’t have money, you will need to look for free mental health services near your home.
DEPRESSION IS ANOTHER MENTAL CONDITION ELIGIBLE FOR SSD BENEFITS
Disability benefits for Depression are available under Listing 12.04 from the SSA. If your depression prevents you from working for over 12 months, then you should submit an application for SSD & SSI benefits. If you are unable to work, then you may be eligible for disability insurance.You may already know that Depression can effect your ability to work.
Likewise, depression symptoms can make it difficult to concentrate at work. The symptoms can interfere with your ability to arrive at work on time. It may also make you call in sick and miss too many days at work. In fact, you may have already been fired from your job.
To get Social Security Disability benefits, you will need to get ongoing treatment for your major depression. Ongoing treatment and the inability to recover from Depression, is the evidence that will prove disability to the SSA. One of the things the SSA looks at is the duration or your disability. To qualify, your depressive symptoms must last for over one year.
PERSONALITY DISORDERS AND UTAH MENTAL DISABILITY BENEFITS
In Utah, you can qualify for Social Security disability benefits with a personality disorder. You will need medical evidence showing your condition causes you to be unable to adapt to changes at work.
For example, your personality disorder may make it difficult for you to get along with coworkers or supervisors. Also, you may have a history of being fired from multiple jobs. Or, you may have trouble getting along in a school or home setting. Sometimes, a personality disorder makes it hard to get along with your neighbors or even your family.
To be eligible for disability benefits, 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 prevent you from working full-time, then you may qualify for disability benefits. You can show disability if you have these mental health symptoms and they have lasted for over 12 months.
Also, your mental health condition must interfere with your activities of daily living. For example, it may cause problems with remembering to pay bills or going to the bank. You may have trouble shopping, doing laundry, and cooking meals. Likewise, you may no longer enjoy the company of friends and family.
WINNING MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS IN UTAH
Qualifying for mental health disability benefits in Utah varies with the type of disorder. However, you must have medical documentation showing your mental condition prevents you from completing a 40 hour work week. Likewise, these problems must exist despite ongoing mental health treatment.
If you have these symptoms and they impact your ability to perform full-time work, then you may qualify for disability benefits. But, first you will need to apply. We can help you if you are filing for disability benefit in Utah.
You can apply for benefits online at the Social Security website. If you are confused about how to apply, contact Cannon Disability Law today. We can help you complete your application. Learn more about filing your application here.
HIRING CANNON DISABILITY LAW AS YOUR LEGAL TEAM
You can hire the legal team at Cannon Disability Law to help you win SSD and SSI benefits. In the past 30 years, we have won thousands of disability cases. For our clients, we have won over $100 million in disability benefits. Let us help you too.
If you contact us, then we can often tell you over the phone if we can take your case. When you call, we will be asking you questions. For example, we will ask about your mental diagnosis. Also, we will be asking you the names and addresses of your treating doctors.
For instance, we will want to know the name and address of your counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist. Likewise, we may ask you for a list of your medications. If you don’t have healthcare, you can apply for Medicaid. Find out more information about Medicaid benefits here.
If you have already applied for benefits and been denied, don’t worry. We can still help you. Our team are experts at filing appeals for our clients. Also, we win cases at the hearing level.
In the last 30 years, we have won over 20,000 disability cases. We represent thousands of Utahns before the SSA. Put our disability experience to work for you. Contact Cannon Disability Law today. We can help you with your Utah mental disability case.