Disability Benefits for Mental Illnesses

Commonly, social security disability benefits are associated to those suffering from a debilitating injury. But did you know that if you suffer from a mental illness, you might be eligible for disability benefits as well? The Social Security Administration evaluates mental disorders according to several predetermined categories. If you exhibit symptoms of one of the following conditions and have been unable to work for at least one year, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits.

Neurocognitive Disorders

Examples of disorders evaluated in this category include but are not limited to dementia of the Alzheimer type, vascular dementia, and Parkinsonian syndrome

Schizophrenic, paranoid, and other psychotic disorders

Examples of disorders in this category include schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, delusional disorder, and psychotic disorder due to another medical condition.

Depressive, Bipolar Disorders

Some examples are evaluated are bipolar disorders (I or II), cyclothymic disorder, major depressive disorder, persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia), and bipolar or depressive disorder due to another medical condition.

Intellectual Disorders

Commonly evaluated conditions are intellectual disability, intellectual developmental disorder, or historically used terms such as “mental retardation.”

Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

Examples include social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders

These include Somatic symptom disorder, illness anxiety disorder, and conversion disorder

Personality and Impulse-Control Disorders

A few of these conditions are paranoid, schizoid, schizotypal, borderline, avoidant, dependent, obsessive-compulsive personality disorders, and intermittent explosive disorder.

Autistic and Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Examples of disorders are autism spectrum disorder with or without accompanying intellectual impairment, and autism spectrum disorder with or without accompanying language impairment.

Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Disorder instances include specific learning disorder, borderline intellectual functioning, and tic disorders (such as Tourette syndrome).

Eating Disorders

Examples are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, and avoidant/restrictive food disorder.

Trauma, Stressor Related Disorders

A few examples include post-traumatic stress disorder and other specified trauma- and stressor-related disorders

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If you or someone you know suffers from a mental illness or other mental condition, you know the sometimes-monumental effort required to function normally. If your condition has caused you to miss more than one year of work, you may be eligible for social security disability benefits. Contact the Kenneth G. Marks Law Firm for a no-hassle consultation and get the professional representation you deserve. Call us at (949) 288-4653 today!

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