What Do You Do If You Cannot Work Because of Mental Illness?

Mental health issues are definitely more widely spoken about in todays society. But lip service doesn’t necessarily help with the overwhelming challenges a person has to face in living with a mental illness.

Mental illness is more common than any of us would like. According to the National Institute of Mental Health there were an estimated 43.4 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States living with a mental illness in 2015. This number represented 17.9% of all U.S. adults. (See https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/any-mental-illness-ami-among-us-adults.shtml).

The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports the following statistics regarding mental illness rates in the United States:

  • 1.1% of adults in the U.S. live with schizophrenia.
  • 2.6% of adults in the U.S. live with bipolar disorder.
  • 6.9% of adults in the U.S.—16 million—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
  • 18.1% of adults in the U.S. experienced an anxiety disorder such as posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias.
  • Among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance use disorder, 50.5%—10.2 million adults—had a co-occurring mental illness.

(See https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers).

When people think of mental illness, they likely think of someone who is disheveled, jobless, homeless or socially isolated. But the truth is: You can be a well-respected, highly-functioning member of society who simultaneously struggles with his/her mental health. The point here is, that if you fall into that category, you certainly need not feel alone.  Living with shame and embarrassment can translate into struggling silently and refusing treatment. If you or someone you know is silently struggling with a mental illness please get treatment and speak up.

At Kantor & Kantor we help patients and their families connect with the help they need and fight to get access to the mental health care they deserve. If you or someone you know is suffering from a mental illness and has been denied disability benefits or health insurance benefits , please call Kantor & Kantor for a free consultation at 800-446-7529.

We understand, and we can help.

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