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Which mental disorders qualify for Social Security Disability?

Karns & Kerrison

Often times, one of the most difficult parts of applying for Social Security disability is knowing whether or not your condition will qualify. If you suffer from a mental impairment in Rhode Island, you may not realize that you can be eligible for coverage. Here is what the Social Security Administration has to say about which mental disorders qualify for assistance.

To be approved, your condition must have been persistent and considered serious by a medical professional for at least two years before you apply. You must be able to show that you have sought support such as mental health therapy, treatment, psychosocial support or an altered setting void of triggers.

If you do not have proof of these, you need to show that your condition prevents you from being able to concentrate, remember, understand or apply information. You may also be approved if you can provide documentation of the negative effects on your language, social cognition, complex attention, executive function, or learning and memory fields.

Some of the most common disorders that are approved include conditions related to bipolar disorder or depression. These need to be severe enough that they prevent you from being able to function in normal work and social environments. You may also be considered if you have obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia or other intellectual disorders.

Other qualifying conditions include neurocognitive disorders, paranoia, somatic symptoms, and impulse-control and personality disorders. This information is intended to educate you on conditions that may qualify for Social Security Disability and should not be taken as legal or medical advice.

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