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Mental health conditions may qualify for Social Security benefits

Not all disabilities are obvious, and not all disabilities are physical. There are many mental disabilities that impact people in the United States. These individuals may not be able to work, just like someone with a physical impairment may be unable to work.

It’s important that people who struggle with mental health conditions also have the option to obtain Social Security Disability (SSD). These individuals also need medical treatment and financial support while they work to get back to a healthy state.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes many kinds of mental health disorders. Some include neurocognitive disorders, depression, intellectual disorders and the schizophrenia spectrum. Other disabilities it recognizes includes somatic symptom disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders and anxiety disorders. Autism and impulse-control disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders and eating disorders all may qualify a person for SSD payments.

It is not easy to live with these conditions, and the people do deserve to have the financial support they need to stay in their homes and support themselves while seeking treatment. On top of that, there is a chance that the first application for SSD will be denied. If that happens, an appeal is possible, but it could be overwhelming for someone already struggling.

Our website has more about SSD and what you need to do to prove that you qualify. The SSA is already swamped with requests, so making sure you have all your documents in order and filling out the application correctly will give you the best chance of having your claim approved when you file the first time.

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