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Mental illnesses that could qualify you for disability benefits

A psychological condition could leave you in serious trouble at work if it starts to affect your ability to perform your job tasks. There have been many workers who lost their jobs because of various psychological conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and other conditions.

Fortunately, those who are suffering from many types of psychological conditions can pursue Social Security Disability benefits. Below is a list of psychological conditions that could qualify someone to receive disability:

  • Organic mental disorders like dementia, delirium and Alzheimer's disease.
  • Psychotic disorders like schizophrenia, paranoia and other disorders.
  • Affective and mood disorders like bipolar syndrome, depression and others.
  • Cognitive deficiencies.
  • Anxiety-related conditions like panic attacks and other conditions.
  • Somatoform disorders that make the victim believe that he or she is ill or injured.
  • Personality disorders like deviant inner experience, obsessive-compulsive disorder or passive aggressive disorder.
  • Substance addictions like addictions to substances, alcohol or drugs.
  • Autistism and other mental disabilities.

Just because an individual is suffering from one of the conditions above may not automatically qualify him or her to receive disability benefits. However, a positive diagnosis of one of these conditions could be used to support a disabled person's claim to receive government benefits. If you feel that you have a serious mental illness, don't hesitate to reach out to our Social Security Disability law firm to explore your legal rights and options.

It's a good idea to initiate the process as soon as you anticipate the need. It can take quite a while for a claim to get approved, and many must be appealed in order to receive benefits.

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