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Is Being Suicidal Considered A Disability?

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Is Being Suicidal Considered A Disability?

Social Security is a program that benefits people in their retirement days and those who are forced to stay out of work because of a listed disability. There are various disabilities listed in the Blue Book, but mental illnesses always raise doubt. If you are wondering whether you can receive Social Security benefits for a mental health issue, you are not alone. 

Being suicidal is a very serious condition. There are various underlying causes of this condition, including depression and bipolar disorder. These illnesses have many symptoms that can manifest in some or other ways. Contact a Rogers social security disability attorney to understand how you can draw the benefits. 

Is being suicidal listed as an impairment in the Blue Book?

First of all, being suicidal is not an illness in itself, but the factors that cause the suicidal tendencies are. Therefore, it is important to clarify that suicidal tendencies or thoughts are not listed as an impairment. One cannot receive the benefits merely because they are suicidal. 

However, do not be saddened because you can still receive the benefits. You may be eligible to receive the benefits if you can prove that you are suffering from an underlying mental health condition that causes these suicidal tendencies. You must also prove that your condition is forcing you to stay out of work and hence, without an income. 

What are the symptoms of the mental health conditions associated with suicidal tendencies?

Many mental illnesses can cause a person to have suicidal thoughts and tendencies, including depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, etc. These include: 

  • Suicidal ideation
  • Increase or decrease in energy
  • Psychomotor abnormalities
  • Disturbed concentration
  • Grandiosity
  • Sadness
  • A massive change in appetite or body weight
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Pressured speech
  • Reduced impulse control
  • Euphoria
  • Social withdrawal

Which mental health conditions associated with suicidal tendencies are listed in the Blue Book?

The Blue Book lists all the impairments that qualify for benefits, including many mental health conditions. Most suicidal people in Rogers who seek Social Security benefits do so by showing that they suffer from one of the following conditions: 

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Depressive disorder
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Bipolar disorder

Therefore, you cannot get the benefits by merely stating that you are suicidal. But, you can get them if you prove that you are suffering from one of the listed impairments that prevent you from working. It is important that you do not assume that you are ineligible for benefits. 

Keep your medical reports close 

If you suffer from underlying medical health issues, you must get them medically diagnosed by a qualified professional. Not only being checked by a professional can get you the benefits, but it could also improve your condition and save your life. Moreover, you need to show that you have tried to get medical help, such as medications and therapy, to improve your condition. 

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