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Do Mental Health Conditions Qualify For SSDI?

On Behalf of | Feb 27, 2023 | Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) |

Getting a mental health diagnosis is the first step to relieving your symptoms. As a working-class individual, however, you may worry that the treatment and recovery may sideline you and make it impossible to work. If so, how will you pay the bills?

Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI allows workers to file claims to get government help when physical conditions render them unable to work. What happens, though, if your condition is a mental health disorder?

Are mental health disorders covered under SSDI?

Some mental health conditions are eligible for SSDI. The Social Security Administration breaks down qualifying mental health disorders into 11 categories, which cover conditions such as:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Trauma disorders

Adults diagnosed with these disorders may have difficulty maintaining full-time employment during treatment. In some instances, the progression and symptoms of the condition make it impossible to remain employed at all.

What do you need to prove your condition?

To file for SSDI, you need evidence that your condition exists and that it impacts your ability to work. Your medical records should provide your diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. The severity of your condition will play a significant role in the SSDI’s determination of the type and duration of your benefits. You may also provide evidence from your immediate family and coworkers that your disorder or the medication to control it makes it difficult for you to function.

Getting SSDI benefits may ease some of your stress. Given the importance of focusing on your mental health condition, this may prove invaluable to your long-term recovery.