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Can You Obtain SSDI Benefits for Mental Health Diagnoses?

Can You Obtain SSDI Benefits for Mental Health Diagnoses?

In the United States, people who are unable to work because of a disability can file for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits to receive monthly compensation to afford the cost of living, provided that specific conditions are met.

SSD benefits are available not only to people who have physical symptoms but also extend to those with mental health conditions. According to the Social Security Administration, they are a legitimate disability that qualifies for benefits.

Let’s find out more!

Mental Health Conditions That Qualify For SSDI Benefits

A person officially diagnosed with one (or more) of the following mental health conditions can qualify for SSD benefits:

Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disorder can cause extreme fear and result in chest tightness, nausea, sweating, shaking, and rapid heartbeat. Anxiety can also cause shortness of breath and panic attacks, making it virtually impossible to concentrate or reason.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that leads to several behavior problems, including a reduced attention span and inability to concentrate. It can interfere in their ability to complete tasks and social interaction.

Can You Obtain SSDI Benefits for Mental Health Diagnoses?

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorderalso referred to as manic depression—is a mental health condition that can cause extreme mood swings that include emotional highs and lows. Poor judgment and impulse control, coupled with frequent mood swings, can affect the ability to perform any job.

Clinical Depression

Clinical depression is a mental health condition that can result in a persistent feeling of sadness, which can take a heavy toll on a person. It negatively affects how an individual feels, thinks, and acts, making it hard for them to get a job.


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition triggered by a terrifying event. It can cause flashbacks, stress, and severe anxiety. It can disrupt a person’s whole life and make it challenging for them to focus or complete assigned tasks.

Can You Obtain SSDI Benefits for Mental Health Diagnoses?

How to get SSDI for a mental health disability approved?

Unlike physical disability, mental health problems can go unnoticed and can be challenging to identify without a trained eye. However, it doesn’t make it any harder to apply for SSDI benefits.

The Social Security Administration has provided detailed information about the application process. It’s critical to provide them as much evidence and information on your mental health diagnosis.

Along with your application, you should submit supporting documents, including notes from therapists or psychologists (if any), list of medications, and other medical documents provided by your healthcare professional.

If you are seeking SSDI benefits for your mental health condition, contact The Law Offices of Lisa Douglas today!

Based in North Little Rock, AR, our law firm will assist you in navigating through all the red tape.

Call us at 501-798-0004 for your free consult.


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