Will Social Security Pay Benefits for Psychological Problems?
Social Security benefits can be paid if someone has only psychological illnesses. The illnesses can include, but are not limited to, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia and mood disorder. The illness, like any other illness, has to be severe enough to prevent you from working either completely or full time. It may be that some days you can work but some days you will be unable to concentrate or unable to even get to work. You do not always have to prove you are totally unable to work, but that you cannot work in what is called a competitive environment. That means showing up five days a week and staying on task eight hours a day. There are even some people with psychiatric illnesses who can work for months at a time but become unstable several times a year for weeks at a time. The point is that Social Security can pay benefits for psychological illnesses for a variety of reasons.
In Pinellas County, there are several facilities that provide psychiatric care. They include Suncoast Center, Boley, PEMHS, and Directions. Sometimes these facilities will allow you to go directly to them, other facilities require a referral from a primary doctor. Some of facilities that have primary care and may be able to refer you for psychiatric care include Community Health Care clinics, Pinellas County Health Department, and other private physicians. When you consult with me, I have the list of potential doctors who may be able to treat you, depending on where you live.