Alabama residents like you may struggle every day due to mental health conditions or disorders. It is difficult to overcome these issues without the right tools or help. You may be looking into Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits to get that help you need.

But does depression count under Social Security as a disorder that you can gain benefits for? What other mental health conditions fall under its jurisdiction?

Inclusions under depressive, bipolar and related disorders

Social Security lists out the mental health disorders that fall under its jurisdiction. The SSA acknowledges eleven separate categories of mental disorders. These categories include depressive, bipolar and related disorders. Also among the list are neurocognitive disorders, autism spectrum disorders, personality and impulse-control disorders and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Each category has its own details, structure and rule set. For example, “depressive, bipolar and related disorders” include:

  • Cyclothmic disorder
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Bipolar or depressive disorder brought on by medical conditions
  • Dysthymia
  • Bipolar disorders (I or II)

What evidence do you need?

In general, you need evidence to support your claim to apply for SSDI benefits. First, you must have objective medical evidence from a respected medical source. You must also provide evidence that your mental disorder is severe enough to disrupt your daily life. It must alter your ability to work in a “normal” workplace environment.

Your medical source can be from a primary care physician, psychologist or other medical sources. Evidence includes symptoms, psychiatric history, testing, diagnostics, medication and therapy. You may also need testimonials from people who know you and longitudinal evidence. The complexity of this process is often why people in your situation get legal help while going through the process.