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Disability Benefit Eligibility: Mental Health Conditions

Published: 2012-08-27 - Updated: 2021-08-06
Author: Jeffrey W. Goldblatt Law Office | Contact: jgoldblattlawfirm.com
Peer-Reviewed Publication: N/A
Additional References: Library of Psychological Disorders Publications

Synopsis: Conditions covered by Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) includes many debilitating mental disorders. Evaluation of disability benefits eligibility for mental disorders requires adequate documentation of a medically determinable impairment that matches specific criteria. People who wonder if they are eligible for Social Security disability benefits for depression, anxiety or other mental health issues should be aware that the SSA requires thorough documentation of a person's medical history and inability to work.

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Most everyone understands that the Social Security Administration (SSA) provides disability benefits for physical injuries and disabling diseases, from paralysis or traumatic brain injury to chronic painful conditions such as carpal tunnel or back pain. However, the range of conditions covered by Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) includes many debilitating mental disorders.

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People who cannot work because of major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic or other mental health conditions should understand their eligibility for SSDI or SSI benefits. Evaluation of disability benefits eligibility for mental disorders requires adequate documentation of a medically determinable impairment that matches specific criteria.

The SSA arranges mental disorders into nine diagnostic categories, each with their own required level of severity:

Disability Benefits for Depression or Anxiety Disorders

People who wonder if they are eligible for Social Security disability benefits for depression, anxiety or other mental health issues should be aware that the SSA requires thorough documentation of a person's medical history and inability to work.

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