Disabling Mental Conditions

At Cannon Law Offices, PLLC, we are proud to represent individuals in Greenville and throughout eastern North Carolina. Our mission is to help people with disabling conditions receive the Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits they need.

Such disabling conditions are not limited to physical impairments. Depending on your particular situation, you may possibly be able to get SSD benefits for the following types of mental and emotional conditions:

  • Severe depression
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Schizophrenia/bipolar disorder
  • Other types of mental illness or emotional conditions

Don't Accidentally Paint A False Picture Of Yourself

If you have a mental condition, it is particularly important that you have an experienced attorney coach you about what to say and what not to say on your initial application or at the disability hearing before the administrative law judge. Of course you need to be honest, but it's possible to speak the truth and still create a false impression. Here are two examples:

  1. When talking about social functioning, the judge may ask, "Do you have any trouble getting along with people?" You may respond, "No, not at all." However, if your mental condition causes you to spend all day in bed with your face against the wall, never answering the phone or interacting with others, it does impair your social functioning. You will have told the truth, but the judge would likely misinterpret it.
  2. When discussing your ability to concentrate, the judge may ask, "What do you do to occupy your mind?" You may respond, "I like to watch TV." In this case, the judge will likely assume that you can concentrate for an hour at a time, if you watch an hourlong show every day. However, you may not actually be watching TV — you may have it on in the background without really paying attention to it.

Let our knowledgeable lawyer help you present your case in the best light you can. With more than 31 years of experience, he knows what the Social Security Administration wants to see in order to approve benefits.

Learn More In A Free Consultation With Our Attorney

To arrange a free initial consultation about your situation, call Cannon Law Offices, PLLC, in Greenville at 252-558-1834 or send us an email. You owe us no fees unless we obtain SSD benefits for you.