Which mental illnesses can be covered by SSDI?

by Jun 6, 2015

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People typically have an easy time of understanding the seriousness of physical illnesses or injuries. We can see the effects of conditions like broken bones, spinal cord damage and even asthma. Illnesses like cancer and heart disease can also take a physical and noticeable toll on those suffering from them. When we can see an injury or understand an illness, it may be easier to understand why they are often disabling.

However, when it comes to mental illnesses, many people struggle to appreciate the extent to which a person’s life can be affected by these conditions. This does not mean that they should be taken any less seriously than other conditions. In fact, the Social Security Administration specifically acknowledges the seriousness of mental conditions by including them on the list of impairments for Social Security disability benefits.

Not all mental illnesses are considered disabling; the extent to which a person may or may not be disabled depends greatly on the severity of the illness. For instance, not all cases of depression or anxiety are disabling.

However, there are several mental disorders that limit or prevent a person from working. According to the SSA, mental disorders that may qualify as disabling include:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Substance addiction
  • Panic attacks and anxiety
  • Autism
  • Mood disorders

While it may not be easy to see physical evidence of these illnesses or the toll they can take on the person suffering from them, they are very real and can be very disabling.

However, because there may not be X-rays or blood tests that can confirm a diagnosis for a mental disorder, it can be a bit more challenging for a person with one of these conditions to provide enough evidence to support a claim for SSDI. But it is crucial to remember that just because it may be more difficult to secure benefits does not mean it is impossible and should not be pursued.

With help and the guidance of an experienced attorney, people suffering from a disabling mental condition can fight for the benefits they may greatly need and deserve.