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OCD and disability benefits

On Behalf of | Apr 26, 2023 | Social Security Disability

If you struggle with a mental disorder that interferes with your ability to work, you could face significant hardships on a daily basis. Whether you recently lost your job or have extreme difficulty performing your job duties due to mental hardships, it is important to understand your options. For example, you might have the ability to secure Social Security Disability benefits as a result of a mental condition such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Before moving forward with an application for disability benefits, it is crucial to review factors that the Social Security Administration goes over when evaluating eligibility.

The SSA considers OCD a disability

It is vital to understand that according to the Social Security Administration, obsessive-compulsive disorder counts as a disability and you could receive benefits if you struggle with this disorder, so long as you meet certain conditions. If OCD prevents you from maintaining pace, concentrating, interacting with other people or processing information, you could have the ability to secure benefits.

You could also become eligible for disability benefits if you have persistent and serious OCD and more than two years of medical documentation (including ongoing medical treatment and a minimal ability to adapt).

OCD and applying for disability

If you suffer from debilitating OCD, the process of applying for disability benefits could prove especially challenging. It is particularly important to focus on your mental health and work through the application process carefully. Try to gather relevant evidence regarding your OCD and how it prevents you from working in order to increase your chances of approval.