If you allege being disabled when you apply for Social Security Disability from mental impairments, you should be seeing a psychiatrist, therapist or both. Many clients describe devastating mental symptoms that stop them from working, but still do not want to go to a psychiatrist (a.k.a. “shrink”) because they are worried about what others will think of them (stigma).

Medical treatment is important for you and your Social Security Disability case. If you allege mental impairments, the Social Security Administration may send you to a psychiatrist to be examined. Please remember that these psychiatrists are paid by the Social Security Administration and will only see you once. If you have a treating psychiatrist or therapist, they will have the opportunity to treat you over time and that treatment will be strong evidence in your disability case.

Don’t worry about what someone else may think, take care of yourself. If you are having mental symptoms that prevent you from working or even functioning from day-to-day, consult a mental health professional as soon as possible. If you are unable to work because of your mental health, the Bishop Law Firm can help. Call us for a free case evaluation.

So YES, you do need to be going to a psychiatrist or therapist (really both) for Social Security Disability if you are alleging that mental impairments are preventing you from working.

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