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Social Security for mental disorders

On Behalf of | Mar 17, 2022 |

Change is often necessary, especially in terms of accepting individuals’ abilities. Many individuals with disabilities are gainfully employed.

Some disabling conditions aren’t visible. Meanwhile, working is not an option for everyone.

Employers focused on inclusion commonly adjust for accessibility. But what happens if you have a mental condition that interferes with your work?

What kind of conditions qualify for disability benefits?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes specific mental disorders as disabling conditions. Some of the qualifying categories for benefits eligibility relate to:

  • Autism spectrum disorder. Individuals diagnosed with autism might display communication limitations, varied sensory responses and behavioral tendencies. Earning potential may depend on severity. Interaction, concentration and the ability to process information may factor into an SSA determination.
  • Trauma and stress. Violence can have a detrimental effect on concentration, memory and interaction. You may need to provide medical documentation for two or more years of treatment.
  • Anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Agitation, low energy and sleep disruptions can affect your ability to complete your assigned tasks. Employers may determine working at a slow pace doesn’t benefit the company’s productivity.

Diagnoses typically affect individuals differently. Getting your provider’s opinion about your ability to function on the job is a good place to start.

Your mind and your rights

The SSA may consider multiple factors once you apply for benefits. The Americans with Disabilities Act provides legal policies for working with a disability.

Whether your situation allows you to work part-time or not at all, be sure you understand your options. The level of your abilities shouldn’t affect your rights.