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Which mental disorders are covered by the SSA?

A diagnosed medical condition gives a name to a variety of medical symptoms that one may experience on a daily basis. It can also help give a course of action in terms of a treatment plan. However, treating a mental illness is often not a cure. It simply helps one manage the symptoms.

Even if a person is taking all the recommended medical advice and medical prescriptions, mental illness can still be debilitating. So much so, that it makes it impossible to work, or to seek or hold a job. If you or a loved one has been suffering from diagnosed mental illness for a year or more with an inability to work, Social Security Disability Benefits for Mental Conditions, could be right for you. Here is a list of medical conditions routinely approved for SSD benefits by the Social Security Administration.

These are just a handful of mental illnesses that can qualify a person for SSD benefits. These are fairly well-known disorders, but there are others that aren’t as common that can be approved as well. Schizophrenia, autistic disorders, mental retardation, depression, anxiety, and lastly bipolar disorder are all on the list of approved mental conditions. Mental conditions are much harder to diagnose than physical disorders, but with the right medical care, it can be diagnosed.

It can be a long and frustrating experience for those who have been diagnosed with mental illness or who have recurring symptoms. It affects every aspect of that person’s life, including the ability of one to achieve or hold a job. Realizing that there are further steps to take can feel daunting at first but can be well-worth the effort.