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What mental disorders are in Social Security disability evaluations?

On Behalf of | Aug 27, 2020 | Social Security Disability

Missouri workers like you may want to gain the support of Social Security disability insurance (SSDI). You may have heard that mental health disorders and disabilities fall under SSDI.

While this is true, not every mental health issue falls under SSDI. You must first see which disabilities qualify for evaluation. From there, you can decide if you want to seek SSDI benefits.

Categories of adult mental health disorders

Social Security lists the mental disorders that fall under disability evaluation considerations. This is only for adults, as children have their own diagnostics for mental health disabilities and disorders.

Mental disorders fall into groups for the purpose of evaluation. There are 11 of these categories. Some of them include:

  • Anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • Neurocognitive disorders
  • Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Depressive or bipolar disorders

Disorders related to trauma or stressors also fall under this category. So do intellectual and neurodevelopmental disorders. Somatic symptom and related disorders count. Finally, personality and impulse control disorders can count, too.

Are you eligible to apply for SSDI benefits?

If your disorder falls under one of these categories, you can proceed to apply. This includes providing proof that your disorder fits the medical criteria. You must also prove how your mental disorder limits your ability to function. Criteria for ability to function highlights what you need in a work setting. The categories include:

  • Your ability to understand and remember information, and apply it
  • Your ability to concentrate and persist, or maintain pace
  • Your ability to adapt or manage yourself

If your disorder interferes with your ability to accomplish these tasks, you may have eligibility for SSDI benefits.


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