ACAs Medicaid expansion potential boon for mental-health patients, providers – Springfield, IL – The State Journal-Register.

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This will really help many people who are seeking Social Security Disability due to depression, bipolar syndrome, anxiety or PTSD.


Mental-health agency struggles to pay its bills – Springfield, IL – The State Journal-Register.

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It is tough enough to get mental health treatment, but if you are not going to pay people for their services all kinds of bad things will happen.

Sheriff Emery reiterates need for mental health wing at county jail.

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Mental health treatment is limited in Illinois even with Mental Health courts.

Sending mental health court participants to jail is wrong philosophy |

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Any readers with experience in the mental health court system who would like to share their views?

Addressing a need: Joint effort renews link in mental health care.

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Very important program that helps a lot of people in Bloomington Normal area.

You must have mental health treatment to have a chance in your Social Security Disability case.

Do not let anyone tell you that it is easy to win any type of Social Security Disability case.

There is all kinds of misinformation out there.

Such as all you have to do is be a drunk and drug addict to get disability.


Or just pretend to be in a lot of pain and you can get approved.

No, you must have the medical records to back up your testimony.

Or just go to a psychiatrist and you can get Social Security Disability.

Not exactly.

But you can win a Mental Health disability case.

It is not easy.

Essentially you must prove that you are unable to do any type of work due to your mental illness. I will not go into the exceptions to this statement in this blog, however, there are some cases were you may be able to work some unskilled work and still get disability.

Proving the case will require consistent treatment with a Psychiatrist.

You will have to prove that your medications do not help you control your symptoms to the point you can function at a full time job.

Hospitalizations are important. This includes number and length.

Treatment such as electric shock therapy is important.

The bottom line is that depression controlled with medications will probably not be sufficient to win a Social Security Disability case.

Depression that results in several hospitalizations a year, or in keeping you in bed several days a month will present a strong case.

Questions about your Social Security case? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

When it comes to depression and other diseases of the mind, many people treat for it and anxiety through prescriptions from a family doctor.

This is fine, but Social Security Disability Judges give more weight to psychologists and psychiatrists.

That is why I recommend to my clients that they see a psychologist or psychiatrist if at all possible.

Psychiatrists are specialists in mental health treatment so they can give detailed explanations of your condition, and the resulting limitations.

If you have any questions about depression and anxiety and Social Security, or about mental health providers who may be available to help you please call me, Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.