Mental Disorder

Social Security Disability Qualifications - Mental Disorders
Contact Scott D. Lewis if you have mental conditions that may qualify you for Social Security Disability.

How does the Social Security Administration Evaluate a Mental Disorder?

The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) evaluation of a disability on the basis of a mental disorder is based on the following:

  1. Documentation of a medically determinable impairment(s);
  2. Degree of limitation that the impairment(s) may have on the claimant’s ability to work; and
  3. The determination of whether these limitations have lasted or are expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months.

What are some categories of Mental Disorders?

The following categories of mental disorders are described more in depth on the SSA’s website:

  • Organic mental disorders: described as psychological or behavioral abnormalities associated with a dysfunction of the brain
  • Schizophrenic, paranoid and other psychotic disorders
  • Affective disorders: characterized by a disturbance of mood, accompanied by a full or partial manic or depressive syndrome
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Mental retardation
  • Anxiety-related disorders
  • Somatoform disorders: defined as physical symptoms for which there are no demonstrable organic findings or known physiological mechanisms;
  • Personality disorders
  • Substance addiction disorders
  • Autistic disorder
  • Other pervasive developmental disorders

Can you provide me a list of Disabilities and Impairments that would qualify me for SSDI or SSI?

This is a partial list of disabilities and impairments that may qualify you for receiving SSDI or SSI benefits. This is not a complete list. Please contact Scott D. Lewis to determine whether your impairment may qualify.

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