Living with a disability can make even everyday activities a real challenge. Working with a disability is usually out of the question entirely, leaving many people asking how they will make their ends meet. Fortunately, Social Security Disability (SSD) is available to help individuals in need. Better yet, mental disorders are also covered by SSD.
Truly debilitating mental disorders like dementia and severe cognitive issues are not the only things covered by SSD. As we discussed in an earlier blog entry, issues that are becoming more understood, such as anxiety, are also covered in certain situations. Below is a list of other mental disorders that are most likely covered by SSD.
Does my disorder qualify for Social Security Disability?
Social Security Disability is a long, often complicated process. Before filing for support, be sure to speak with an attorney experienced in the subject. They will help make the process as painless as possible and advocate for you should your request be denied.
Broadly speaking, a diagnosed mental issue that is debilitating enough to keep you out of gainful employment may be eligible for SSD. This is by no means a complete list of applicable disorders, but some of the most common issues people receive SSD for include:
Schizophrenia and paranoia – Psychotic disorders like these qualify once diagnosed and often qualify for “Compassionate Allowance” which effectively fast tracks the application process.
Depression – Persistent depression is one of the most common issues to receive SSD. Accompanying issues like dysthymia and anhedonia are also considered factors.
Bipolar disorder – Another mood disorder, bipolar disorder is not a direct result of brain abnormalities but is usually covered all the same.
Anxiety related disorders – As our previous post outlined, severe anxiety disorders are covered by SSD given the proper circumstances. Panic attacks and major phobias can also be considered.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder – Internalized issues that make it difficult to operate or communicate in society, such as OCD, are eligible for SSD.
Developmental disorders – Mental issues that impact a person’s ability to communicate, cognition, behavior or social skills – autism or Asperger’s, for example – can qualify for SSD, as well.
If you have been diagnosed with any of the above issues and feel that they are severe enough to keep you from working effectively, consider speaking to a professional about applying for SSD.
A better understanding of these disorders means more people are comfortable with coming forward and asking for help. There is no shame in looking for support where it is needed, it is often just a matter of asking.