Over the years, more people have come to understand the true impact of mental health on one’s total well-being. While only physical ailments and disorders got recognition for benefits at first, this is no longer the case.
However, not every mental health issue will qualify for benefits, in the same way that not every physical health issue does. Thus, it is important for you to understand where your particular mental health problem falls.
11 disorder categories
Social Security discusses mental health disorders that qualify for benefits. First, they categorize mental health disorders into 11 different groups, and these groups hold eligibility for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Everything from bipolar disorder I and II to dementia to Tourette syndrome has a place in these groupings, so chances are relatively high that you will find your own disorder, disability or mental health issue listed here.
Applying for benefits
However, you must still apply even if you find that you may qualify for benefits. You need to include numerous forms, including your psychological, medical and psychiatric records. Laboratory findings, test results and diagnoses may also need inclusion.
You can submit statements from people you interact with on a daily basis like coworkers, teachers and family members. This gives the person reviewing your case a more comprehensive picture of the impact that your mental health issue has on your daily life.
You must submit all of this in order to prove to Social Security that your mental health issue prevents you from working a normal job. In doing so, you can achieve supplementary benefits to help you live comfortably.