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You May Be Granted Social Security Disability Because of a Mental Illness

In order to qualify for Social Security disability, you have to be so severely ill that you cannot work—and this applies every bit as much to mental illnesses (depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, etc.) as it does to medical conditions like cancer or emphysema. The key difference is that it can be harder to demonstrate that your mental illness makes it impossible to hold a job, and the SSA will fight you every step of the way to deny your benefits. But it can be done!

What Types of Mental Illnesses Can Qualify You for Disability?

There is a wide spectrum of emotional and cognitive disorders—some more severe than others—and the most severe can make getting up in the morning, much less working at a job, an unbearable ordeal. It is possible to obtain Social Security disability benefits if you suffer from:

  • Major depression (not chronic sadness or a mild case of the “blues”)
  • Obsessive/compulsive disorder, or OCD
  • Schizophrenia (this can be easier to prove, since schizophrenia is known to have physical causes in the brain)
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Severe autism
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Agoraphobia (an intense fear of people and crowds)
  • Severe bipolar disorder (and not just bothersome mood swings)
  • Any mental condition that requires intensive treatment in a hospital or outpatient facility

Do You Have a Severe Mental Disorder? The Ledgerwood Law Group Can Help You Collect Disability

Mentally ill people may look perfectly fit, and therefore capable of holding a job, but in fact they are every bit as unable to work as someone who is paralyzed or suffering from end-stage cancer. Are you unfit for the work force, or is a member of your family no longer able to earn a living, because of a mental illness? Contact the northern California Social Security disability lawyers at the Ledgerwood Law Group at 888-761-7383.


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