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Mental health conditions can run the full range from mildly disruptive to impacting an individual’s ability to maintain gainful employment. When a mental health condition prevents you from earning a living, you are likely eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits.

Our social security claims attorneys have extensive experience guiding clients through the process of applying for SSD benefits. By maintaining multiple offices throughout North Carolina and South Carolina, we can help clients over the phone or in a convenient office location.

Genetic Factors In Mental Disorders

A recent paper published by the National Institutes of Health summarized the findings of an international research consortium that analyzed the genetic roots of mental disorders. The researchers discovered illness-linked variation for five disorders:

  • Autism
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Major depression
  • Schizophrenia

While medical professionals have long recognized that these disorders share symptoms, it is now understood that they tend to run in families. Genetic associations themselves only account for a small risk, so they could not be used to predict or diagnose specific conditions. Taken as a whole, though, the genetic root of a mental disorder can be seen as a factor in the overall diagnosis. Contact a lawyer to learn more about your legal options.

Filing a Mental Health Social Security Disability Claim

With offices in Winston Salem and Charlotte, our team is prepared to provide legal guidance to clients throughout the 50 states. If you were diagnosed with a mental disorder that is preventing you from working, you might be eligible to receive SSD benefits.