Do Learning or Mental Disorders Qualify for Disability Benefits?

Many people are not aware that mental disorders and learning disorders can qualify for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. It’s also not commonly known that some children with severe learning disabilities may be eligible for benefits.

Following are the main categories of mental illness (as well as examples of certain disorders) that may be considered for disability benefits.

Organic Disorders – such as delirium, dementia and Alzheimer’s

Psychotic Disorders – such as schizophrenia and paranoia

Affective Disorders – such as bipolar and depression

Mental Retardation – this is also considered a learning disorder

Anxiety Disorders – either continuous or episodic disorders, panic attacks, phobias, etc.

Somatoform Disorders – illnesses or injuries that have no discernable cause

Personality Disorders – such as obsessive-compulsive or passive-aggressive disorders

Substance Addiction Disorders – includes both alcohol and drug addiction

Autistic/Pervasive Developmental Disorders – disabilities related to communication, cognitive skills, social skills or behavior

One of the best ways to find out if you qualify for disability benefits is to visit the official Social Security Administration website. The site includes a great deal of information about how to determine if you qualify for benefits and how to go about applying to receive benefits.

However, it’s important to understand that you will be required to provide substantial proof of your disability if you want to apply for benefits. For example, your condition must be diagnosed by a doctor and also meet detailed criteria to qualify for benefits.

Need help with a disability claim? Contact Morrow, Gates and Morrow today.

The attorneys at Morrow, Gates and Morrow have extensive experience in handling Social Security disability claims. We can help make sure that your disability claim is filed correctly – which can make the difference between your claim being accepted or denied.