What Qualifies as a Mental Health Disability?

Qualifying for Social Security Disability

As medical science continues to advance, we are learning that mental and cognitive conditions such as depression, severe anxiety, personality disorders, PTSD and autism can be just as debilitating as serious physical conditions. If you are suffering a mental or cognitive impairment that is preventing you from working, you could qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. The process of obtaining those benefits, however, can be very challenging and complicated.

At Adler Stilman, PLLC, we can help you obtain Social Security Disability benefits for mental and emotional disorders. Our Detroit mental health disability benefits attorneys have more than 45 years of combined experience, so we can effectively walk you through the entire Social Security process. We will help you understand the steps in the process and help you obtain compensation to provide for yourself and your family.

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What Qualifies as a Mental Health Disability/Mental Impairment?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a strict definition of "disability," and for you to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, your mental impairment needs to render you disabled according to this definition. This means that your impairment has to be "permanent," which means it is expected to last more than a year (or has already lasted more than a year) or is expected to result in death. The impairment also needs to be disabling, meaning that you cannot do any substantial gainful employment because of the impairment.

According to the SSA, the following categories contain mental impairments that could qualify you for benefits:

  • Organic mental disorders
  • Schizophrenic, paranoid and other psychotic disorders
  • Affective disorders
  • Mental retardation
  • Anxiety-related disorders
  • Somatoform disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Substance addiction disorders
  • Autistic disorder and other pervasive developmental disorders

There are many examples and limitations regarding these different categories of mental disorders. Our attorneys work with Social Security issues on a daily basis, so we are experienced and prepared to give you the best chances of obtaining the benefits you need.

Contact Adler Stilman, PLLC, in Farmington Hills

We have more than 45 years of combined experience handling Michigan Social Security Disability benefits claims for clients in Wayne County, Macomb County, Oakland County and elsewhere in southeast Michigan. To speak with a Detroit mental impairment benefits lawyer from the firm, call or contact us online.