Difficulties Proving Mental Health Impairments and How To Overcome

Social Security disability cases involving mental health limitations are denied at a much higher rate than physical illnesses in Colorado and across the nation.  Why?  The answer is due to the difficulties obtaining objective evidence to prove your case.   

A successful SSDI or SSI claim requires proof — medical records — of not only the existence of your medical condition, but the severity of the disease. Stated another way, a claim must have medical support showing the level of impact the condition has on your ability to function.  SSA will not take your word for it.    

Mental health diseases are difficult to quantify with precision.  As opposed to a herniated spine, we cannot take an MRI of the brain and exactly deduce the severity and nature of the disease.  Moreover, it is extremely difficult for some people to leave their homes for treatment, discuss painful and traumatic events, or deal with the medication side effects.   

What can you do? 

Consistent and active mental health treatment is not only the key for medical improvement but for a successful social security disability case in Colorado. Without active care, the SSA will deny the case.  A successful SSDI/SSI case requires evidence and this comes from the counseling and psychiatric care notes.  Although SSA will listen to your reason for lack of treatment, in practice the answer is typically discounted.  The take-away is that folks should seek regular, ongoing meetings with a therapist coupled with psychiatric management. 

Call Viner Disability Law at 720-515-9012 for a free consultation to see if your situation would qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).