According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), over 9 million Americans currently receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). As of 2013, 35.2 percent of those who received benefits were listed as having disabling mental health conditions. While some understand that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has its own list of disabling conditions, many aren't aware of where mental illness falls on that list.
The term "disability" is one that can be defined differently depending on the perspective of the person using the word. Mental health conditions that the Social Security Administration (SSA) classifies as disabling often have to be so crippling that they affect an individual's ability to function, even if special accommodations are made. Researchers have their own opinion about what is the most disabling mental health concern though.
Schizophrenia is a chronic mental health condition that can affect a person's ability to live independently or work depending on how severe their disease is. Those with mild schizophrenia may seem normal on the surface and only display their adverse mannerisms or behaviors when someone engages them socially. Symptoms may be worse for those the more serious that their condition is. They may be so bad that it's impossible for them to work.
Some of life's most difficult stressful transitions happen when we head off to college, start our first job or retire, get married or divorced or have our first child. The reason why these stages in our lives tend to be stressful is because they're when we transition into the unknown. Unless addressed, our anxious feeling can worsen causing a panic attack.
Early-onset Alzheimer's Disease is one of few conditions that the Social Security Administration (SSA) includes on its Compassionate Allowances list. Anyone with a disease listed here can have their Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits application expedited.
If you are prone to anxiety attacks, you know how debilitating they can be. In some cases, they turn into full-blown panic attacks, and it's impossible to do simple things until you get through them.
Those who have never suffered from panic attacks often do not realize just how debilitating they can be. They are absolutely overwhelming. People suffering from them do not just feel nervous or frightened, they often cannot even speak. These attacks take over your life, making you live in anxiety about the next time one occurs.
If you're diagnosed with an anxiety or panic disorder, the odds are good that you have all the symptoms that are necessary to meet the Social Security Administration's (SSA) definition of the disorder -- but qualifying for disability benefits isn't quite that simple.
Do you believe that a loved one has schizophrenia, or do you perhaps worry that you have it yourself? Are you starting to look into Social Security benefits, having heard that mental conditions like schizophrenia can qualify?
More than 5 million Americans with a mental disorder received Social Security benefits related to that condition. Many others, however, have seen their claims denied and fail to see helpful benefits arrive at their house. People should know the basic guidelines for benefits related to mental conditions.