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Do mental disorders qualify for Social Security Disability?

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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).

When to contact a Social Security Disability attorney.

If you are suffering from a mental disability that prevents you from working – or if your Social Security Disability claim has been denied – we urge you to contact Morrow, Gates & Morrow at (337) 942-6529 for legal assistance. We are experienced in handling these types of cases and will work hard to try and get you the Social Security Disability benefits you deserve.


Was your disability claim denied? Contact us for help.

If your Social Security disability claim was denied, the attorneys at Morrow, Gates and Morrow can help you file an appeal. We have extensive experience in dealing with disability claims which can greatly increase your chances of getting your claim approved.

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