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Your eligibility for SSD benefits because of mental illness

On Behalf of | Apr 22, 2023 | Social Security Disability

When you hear of Social Security Disability benefits your thoughts probably go to physical injuries and impairments. However, you can also receive assistance when you suffer from debilitating mental illnesses.

Receiving assistance requires you to meet the eligibility requirements. Your attention to detail throughout the application process may improve the likelihood of a satisfactory outcome.

Understanding eligible illnesses

There are several mental illnesses you could receive supplemental income for. According to the Social Security Administration, mental illnesses could include the following:

  • OCD
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Neurocognitive disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Anxiety

You can visit the SSA website for more detailed information about their definition of eligible illnesses. The better you understand their requirements, the better you can prepare to submit a complete application.

Providing adequate evidence

Simply stating that you have a mental illness is not enough for the SSA to approve SSD funding. You will need to include evidence of your condition. Collaborate with your doctor or other health care professionals who have participated in your diagnosis and treatment. Consult medical records and highlight areas that discuss your mental illnesses.

If the SSA denies your application, you have the right to file an appeal. Sometimes, if you redo your application and add more details than before, you might receive a different outcome. If at any point you recover to a point where you want to work again, communicate your intentions to the SSA. Your thoughtfulness in how you apply for, utilize and maintain your benefits can optimize their value to you.