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Is your mental disorder covered by Social Security?

On Behalf of | Oct 19, 2020 | Social Security Disability |

In Alabama, you can get benefits if you suffer form a physical disability. People with mental health disorders or disabilities also have access to these benefits. They can aid you in the same way benefits aid people with physical disabilities, easing burdens on your daily life.

But what mental disorders does Social Security Disability (SSD) cover?

Categories of mental disorders under Social Security

Social Security discusses their 11 categories of mental disorders. Many types of individual disorders fall under these unique categories. The first is neurocognitive disorders. This includes Alzheimer’s type dementia, progressive brain tumor and multiple sclerosis. This category covers many types of dementia and neurological disease. It also covers traumatic brain injury and cognitive disorder due to substances.

The second is schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders. It includes schizophrenia, delusional disorder and schizoaffective disorder. Next is depressive, bipolar and related disorders. It includes major depressive disorder, bipolar disorders I and II and cyclothymic disorder.

Intellectual disorders include anything considered an intellectual disability or developmental disorder. It does not include neurodevelopmental, autism spectrum or neurocognitive disorders. Anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders include generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety disorder. It also includes disorders like agoraphobia and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Somatic symptom and related disorders involve conversion disorders or illness anxiety disorders. Then there are personality and impulse-control disorders. Examples are borderline, avoidant, paranoid and schizoid personality disorders. There are autism spectrum disorders. There are neurodevelopment disorders like Tourette syndrome and specific learning disorders.

There are eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Finally, there are trauma- and stressor-related disorders. This includes posttraumatic stress disorder. This is not a comprehensive list of all disorders covered under SSDI. To be sure about personal coverage, you may wish to contact an attorney.