Not only may certain physical ailments and diseases qualify workers to receive Social Security disability (SSD) benefits, but certain mental disorders do, too.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers that 11 types of mental disorders may qualify workers for SSD benefits. However, while some are mental disorders, a few others are not mental illnesses.
Personality disorders and anxiety
The four ailments that qualify for SSD benefits, but are not a mental illness include autism, developmental and intellectual disabilities as well as decreased mental function with a medical cause (dementia). But it is important to remember that these ailments may have a significant impact on a person’s mental health.
According to the SSA’s “Blue Book,” which serves as a guide for physicians and mental health professionals, here are seven disorders with direct ties to mental illness that qualify applicants for SSD benefits:
- Schizophrenia and additional psychotic disorders: Characteristics include hallucinations, delusions and unresponsive behavior.
- Depression: This includes bipolar disorders, highlighted by mood swings, anger, impatience and loss of interest in enjoyable things.
- Somatic symptom disorder: In which physical symptoms such as pain and shortness of breath cannot be explained but may lead to major distress due to extreme thoughts and behaviors.
- Anxiety disorders: This includes obsessive-compulsive disorder with ties to apprehension, excessive worries along with avoidance of activities, places and people.
- Personality disorders: A person may have difficulty controlling impulses and anger. Other characteristics may include paranoia, perfectionism and overly sensitive to criticism.
- Eating disorders: Anorexia and bulimia are common disorders that effect primarily women, but some men, too.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): A deeply distressing situation may trigger PTSD, leading to anxiety, depression, fear, loss of appetite and voices inside one’s head.
Along with the physical ailments and diseases, a number of people also suffer mental disorders, which can qualify you for these much-needed benefits.
Seek treatment and apply for benefits
If you have a mental disorder, do not ignore it. Seek treatment, take the necessary time away from work and apply for the SSD benefits.