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Does my mental health condition qualify as a disability?

Many people think of physical problems when it comes to disability. However, each year, millions of Americans are diagnosed with mental health disorders that significantly impact their daily lives.

Millions of Americans are affected by psychological, emotional, and mental disorders that impact their day-to-day life, as well as their ability to maintain a job. We understand how debilitating these conditions can be and want you to know that you may be eligible for disability benefits because of your mental health disorder.

The following mental health disorders may qualify you for SSDI benefits:
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Developmental and cognitive disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Somatoform disorders
  • This is not a complete list. If you have questions about whether your condition will qualify, please call us

Has your physical injury led to mental health problems?

When someone can no longer do the things they are used to doing, such as working, it can cause stress, anxiety, and depression. Many people become overwhelmed by the thought of being unable to financially support themselves. We often see clients whose physical disabilities lead to depression and anxiety because they are no longer able to do the things they are accustomed to.

Is your mental health condition becoming a problem?

If your mental health condition is causing problems understanding or following instructions, dealing with people, concentrating or focusing on tasks or chores, or sleeping throughout the night requiring naps during the day, you may be eligible for disability benefits. It can be very helpful to seek out treatment from a psychiatrist, psychologist, or counselor who can treat your condition and talk to you about the changes in your life. These providers can also document your issues in a way that will help your case.

An experienced attorney will know what information to gather from your psychiatrist, psychologist, or counselor to prove your case.

Note: We do recommend you avoid using alcohol, drugs, or unprescribed medication if you have been diagnosed with a mental health condition. Not only can these substances negatively affect your mental health, they could also impact your Social Security disability case. The SSA will evaluate whether you would be able to work if you stopped using substances, and can often disregard the severity of your mental health condition.

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