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What to Know About Mental Health Short Term Disability

Published on May 22nd, 2023


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Living with a mental health disorder is challenging, especially if you are trying to work full-time. If you feel your mental health prevents you from sufficiently finishing your job duties, then it’s time to consider supplemental income. Our experts have provided a short guide to learn more about mental health short term disability benefits.

Mental Health Disorders and Conditions

Anyone experiencing mental health issues may suffer from a wide range of disorders or conditions that are eligible for short term benefits, including

  • Clinical Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Neurotypical and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Disruptive Behavioral and Dissocial Disorders

The enormous scope of mental illness means short-term benefits differ per person. However, to file for short-term disability benefits, you must prove the impact of your mental illness on

  • Your ability to function daily
  • Your ability to work for gainful employment
  • Whether you have a short-term or long-term disability (over 12 months)

Can You Take Short Term Disability for Mental Health?

Yes, you can file for disability if you have a mental health condition. The SSA Blue Book lists a section on various mental health disorders for adults. Short term disability coverage, such as social security disability benefits (SSA) and supplemental security income (SSI), ease the lives of those with mental health conditions.

When to Seek Out Short-Term Benefits?

The time to seek out short-term benefits for mental health is if your symptoms impact your ability to work. Your medical condition may complicate daily life and work function, making everyday situations more stressful. For example, if you have anxiety and depression, everyday activities may seem more complex and paralyzing than before.

Fortunately, most insurance companies have short and long term disability insurance coverage. Contact your plan provider to see what types of short term disability insurance benefits you have.

Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates is Here to Help

No one should take on these responsibilities on their own. Filing for SSA and SSI benefits is complicated and stressful. The law firm of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates is here to help. We will ensure you provide all the necessary paperwork to file for benefits, such as medical records, written observations, and insurance coverage.

Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

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