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Psychological And Emotional Disabilities

There are many individuals receiving SSDI for psychological and emotional disabilities. In other words, certain types of mental illness are classified as a qualifying disability by the Social Security Administration. In fact, approximately half of the individuals applying for benefits are applying because they have a mental illness that affects their employability.

Experienced SSDI Lawyers In Chaska, Mankato And Minneapolis

If you are suffering from a mental illness or you believe you are, you need an experienced SSDI lawyer working for you. But first, it is good to recognize the symptoms of mental illness if you have not yet been diagnosed or treated.

Mental illness can cause you to have difficulty concentrating, you isolate yourself from others, difficulty sleeping, you lose interest in activities that you love, you become irritable or angry, or you may even have thoughts of hurting yourself. These are very disturbing thoughts and emotions that make functioning from day-to-day very difficult. Yes, there are individuals in the world taking medication and functioning with their mental illnesses, but there are many who are unable to.

Mental Disorders That May Qualify For SSDI

Below is a list of mental disorders that may qualify for SSDI:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Autism
  • Mental Retardation
  • Somatoform Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Personality Disorders

The same process that is used to determine if someone has a physical disability is used when determining if someone has a mental disability. It is a 5 step process that is used to determine such disabilities.


At one time, the Social Security Administration would award benefits to those individuals suffering from addiction. They are now denying benefits to those individuals who would be able to work if they would stop using the substances that they are abusing. Even if you would have a qualifying mental impairment, the use of drugs or alcohol would cause a judge to believe that those impairments are simply intensified through drug or alcohol use and result in a denial of benefits. That’s why when applying for SSDI, clients are advised to stay away from those substances. Drug or alcohol use can jeopardize the case.

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If you suffer from a mental illness that makes it difficult to concentrate or perform tasks necessary to do a job, then you may qualify for SSDI. For many reasons, more and more individuals are seeking benefits due to mental illness because it has taken away their ability to be productive. To find out more, call our Mankato office at 507-388-1800, our Fargo office at 701-581-7854, our Chaska office at 952-448-2800, our Minneapolis office at 612-424-6011, or fill out the contact form to schedule your free case consultation.