You, like many others, may think you need to have a debilitating physical injury to apply for social security disability benefits. You actually can apply for benefits if you have a mental illness and meet the established standards.
These standards are based on your ability to work. If you used to work and cannot any more due to your medical condition you may qualify. But, you can't have the ability to shift into a different position or job. And, you need to have a long term and potentially fatal illness lasting at least a year.
Mental illness, according to the Mayo Clinic, refers to a whole gamut of mental disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. All of these could potentially affect your ability to work which is the main thing on which your application would be evaluated by the Social Security Administration.
If you have one of the following mental disorders, you may qualify for social security disability:
- Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
- Anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders
- Substance abuse or other addictive disorders
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Intellectual disability
If you suffer from a mental illness or other mental condition, or have a loved one who does, you know that some days just getting out of bed is a victory. It can be hard to hold a job down.
If you have an episode that debilitates you to such a degree that you cannot work for over a year, you may want to consider your options. You should speak with an attorney familiar with the process to help you evaluate your situation to see if you might qualify for social security disability.