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Disability Benefits & Mental Health: Our Podcast Feature

Published on December 21st, 2022

In early December, disability attorney Jeffrey A. Rabin was featured on the Behind Our Door podcast with co-hosts Nancy Sussman and Julie Joyce. Together, they held a discussion over the question, “What if I’m unable to work because of my mental health?”

Over the course of this hour-long episode, Jeffrey A. Rabin breaks down the application process and gathering medical evidence for someone who is looking to file for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Social Security Income (SSI) for their mental health condition. 

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“The medical requirements for both programs require that we be able to prove that clients are suffering from symptoms that impact their day-to-day function for at least a year,” said Rabin. He continues by highlighting that there are individuals across the country who are able to work and manage their condition, but that isn’t the case for every American. 

“They, [The Social Security Administration], are focused on the symptoms of your diagnosis and a person’s ability to sustain function. The focus is not on just your diagnosis.”

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 1 out of 5 Americans live with a mental illness. While most are able to manage their condition through healthy lifestyle habits and various medical treatments, others might struggle to complete daily tasks or function in a work setting. 

‘Behind Our Door’: A Mental Health Podcast

Behind Our Door is a mental health podcast that focuses on the struggles and solutions Americans all ages endure to take care of themselves. Nancy Sussman and Julie Joyce each have extensive experience in the world of mental health, including with organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), NAMI Cook County North Suburban, and the Chicago Police Department. 

Together, they combine their expertise with their guests to deliver personal stories and valuable conversation on mental health.

To listen to the episode featuring our attorney, Jeffrey A. Rabin, please utilize the Spotify widget below. 

You can also check out episodes of the podcast on Amazon Music and Apple Music. 

If you have any questions or would like to schedule your free consultation with our disability attorney, please call us.

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