Mental Illness and Disability Benefits

by Clauson on November 6, 2017



There are many different conditions that qualify for SSI disability benefits. Many times people may think of physical conditions first, but mental illnesses can be just as, if not more, debilitating. There are a variety of mental illnesses that are covered and qualify for SSI disability benefits. It’s important to know which of these qualify and how to go about proving that yours does as well.

Mental Illness and Disability Benefits

When evaluating your condition, whether it is mental or physical, it is imperative to consult the listings on the ssa.gov website. This lists many of the conditions that will qualify. If yours is not listed, you may still qualify, but you will need to prove that your condition is as debilitating as others that are listed. In terms of mental disorders, there are 11 different categories.

What mental illnesses qualify for disability benefits?

  • Neurocognitive disorders.
  • Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders.
  • Depressive, bipolar and related disorders.
  • Intellectual disorder.
  • Anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
  • Somatic symptom and related disorders.
  • Personality and impulse-control disorders.
  • Autism spectrum disorder.
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Trauma- and stressor-related disorders.

How to prove that your condition qualifies:

  • Duration of condition.
    In order for your condition to qualify, it needs to be expected to last for at least a year or result in death.
  • Qualifying condition.
    Your condition must be one of the ones listed or be of equal severity.
  • Severity of condition.
    Your condition needs to be severe according to Social Security Administration standards.
  • Affect of condition on ability to work.
    Your condition needs to prevent you from being able to work. This is the main point of qualifying for SSI disability and collecting benefits. It has to be because you’re unable to work and provide for your own living.
  • Medical evidence.
    In order to prove the points above, you need to have medical evidence to back them up. It’s imperative to be organized in your documentation. You will need to provide information on the health facilities you’ve visited, your official diagnosis, treatments and medications you’ve tried and dates of visits. You should also obtain a statement from your doctor about your condition as well as provide one from yourself that states why your condition prevents you from working.

Many mental illnesses qualify for SSI disability, but it’s important to understand the process. If you have any questions, please contact us.

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