Do mental disorders qualify for Social Security Disability?

Many people believe that you must have a physical medical condition to qualify for Social Security Disability – but that is simply not the case. People who suffer from certain mental disorders may also qualify for disability.

There are quite a few mental disorders that the Social Security Administration recognizes as potential causes of long-term disability – thus providing possible grounds for disability benefits. These mental disorders include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Schizophrenia
  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Mental Retardation
  • Obsessive-compulsive Disorder
  • Passive-aggressive Disorder
  • Alcohol and Drug Addiction
  • Autistic/Pervasive Developmental Disorders

To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, your mental disorder must be diagnosed by a doctor. In addition, your condition must meet the same criteria as any other illness or injury that prevents you from working. Those basic criteria are as follows.

  • Your condition must prevent you from doing the type of work you have been doing in
    the past.
  • Your condition prevents you from being trained for other types of work that may be
    available to you.
  • Your condition must be proven to be long-term (lasting at least one year).