Mental Disorders and Social Security Disability in Portland, ORegon

Understanding your rights is the first step towards receiving benefits. When you turn to Richard A. Sly, Attorney at Law, you will receive the guidance you need to file a claim. Speak with him today to understand the connection between mental disorders and Social Security Disability in Portland, OR, and surrounding areas. Mr. Sly offers services for those dealing with a disability for mental illness.

Living with a Disability for Mental Illness

Like physical injuries and other impairments, mental issues can be considered to be disabling conditions for individuals of all ages. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has created a series of outlines for those with these disabling conditions. It is important to note that this set of regulations is only an outline, and any provable impairment can be deemed disabling. The SSA considers a disability for mental illness to include everything from depression-related illnesses to psychotic disorders and low IQ.

Even if your disorder does noes meet standard qualifications, you may still be eligible for benefits if you can prove you cannot perform a simple, unskilled job correctly. The SSA has listed the following conditions:

  • Mental Disorders
  • Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
  • Bipolar, Depressive, and Related Disorders
  • Intellectual Disorders
  • Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
  • Somatic Symptoms and Related Disorders
  • Personality and Impulse-Control Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders

Regulations for Children and Teenagers

Life is difficult enough for many children and teenagers. These dependents who live with severe emotional issues or a disability for mental illness may qualify for benefits through the Supplemental Security Income program. If a child’s impairment is severely limiting, he or she can also be found to be disabled, and he or she will receive disability benefits automatically. If the impairment is not severely limited, the SSA will conduct assessments in the following areas to determine how limiting activities are for the child:

  • Paying Attention
  • Learning and Using Information
  • Completing Tasks
  • Interacting with Others

Contact Richard A. Sly to learn more about mental disorders and Social Security Disability. Mr. Sly is available to speak with clients about their disability for mental illness in Portland, Oregon.