Anorexia and Social Security Disability Benefits

There are certain conditions or illnesses that make it difficult for people to work and earn wages to support his or her family. These can be physical or even psychological conditions ranging in severity from anxiety disorders to physical impairments such as missing limbs or brain damage. One of these conditions is anorexia, a psychological eating disorder where people choose not to eat, starving themselves in order to lose weight or stay thin. Eventually, this can lead to serious physical problems.

If you or a loved one suffers from anorexia, he or she may be physically or mentally unfit to work and may need Social Security disability benefits. Let us fight to get you the money you deserve to pay for your expenses. Contact the Indianapolis Social Security disability lawyers of the Hankey Law Office/a>, at (800) 520-3633 today to speak with a qualified professional.

Physical Problems from Anorexia

Anorexia may start as a psychological disorder, but it can lead to dangerous physical problems. Those who suffer from anorexia pose a particular threat to themselves because they continue to believe they are overweight even if they are dangerously skinny. Anorexics typically lose weight by means of constant exercise along with taking laxatives in place of food. Some common consequences of anorexia include:

  • Increased risk of internal bleeding, ulcers, and other gastrointestinal problems
  • Heart problems
  • Amenorrhea
  • Anemia
  • Risk of osteoporosis
  • Loss of hair along with brittle nails
  • Kidney damage

The Social Security Administration will evaluate the disorder under its mental or physical effects. However, it is important that the extent of the illness is appropriately documented, which can increase a person’s chance of receiving disability benefits.

Contact Us

If you or someone you love has anorexia nervosa, you may need a Social Security disability lawyer to evaluate your claim, help complete paperwork, prepare you for any hearings, and get you the money you deserve. For more information, contact the Indianapolis Social Security disability attorneys of the Hankey Law Office, at (800) 520-3633 to discuss your legal options.