Most people reasonably assume that Social Security Disability benefits are only for individuals who suffer severe physical disabilities. Fortunately, that is not the case. The Social Security Act (SSA) designates a whole section on mental disorders that qualify for Social Security Disability assistance.
What Mental Disorders are considered to be a Disability?
The Social Security Administration categorizes mental disorders into eleven categories. These disorders consist of the following:
- Neurocognitive disorders
- Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
- Depressive, bipolar, and related disorders
- Intellectual disorders
- Anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders
- Somatic symptom and related disorders
- Personality and impulse-control disorders
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Neurodevelopmental disorders
- Eating disorders
- Trauma and stressor related disorders
How does the Social Security Administration Decide if my Disorder Qualifies for Benefits?
If you believe you may have one of the above mentioned mental disorders, then you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Under each mental disorder is a complex listing of required medical documentation and evidence that must be presented to qualify. Obtaining the requisite evidence can be long and tedious, which is why it is best left up to a Social Security Disability lawyer who is familiar with the criteria for each disability.
Do You Need a Lawyer to Handle Your Social Security Disability Case?
If you plan on, or are currently doing business with the Social Security Administration, you should consider hiring an experience Rhode Island Social Security Disability lawyer. We charge no legal fees unless we win your claim and you get past due benefits. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us at 1-508-436-7000 or toll free at 1-800-992-6878. You may also fill out our contact form online.