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What mental disorders can lead to receiving SSD benefits?


Individuals and organizations throughout the country are working every day to reduce the stigma that many perceive as being attached to those who suffer from a mental health condition. It is believed that the more people come to understand the issues that those who suffer from mental disorders are dealing with, the more accepting they will be. This is a laudable goal, bolstered by the fact that many people are able to lead productive lives as they cope with their mental illness. However, not all people who suffer from a mental illness are that lucky.

For some people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness, the impairment rises to the level of a disability. These individuals are unable to participate in some of the most basic parts of life, such as completing day-to-day tasks or maintaining gainful employment. But what mental disorders rise to the level where a person may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits?

As our readers in Los Angeles can probably imagine, it is the most serious of mental illnesses that may qualify an individual to receive SSD benefits. Schizophrenia, for example, is a mental illness that most people understand is quite serious. People who are diagnosed with this condition can suffer from severe symptoms such as hallucinations. They may be completely unable to continue to work as a result.

Other mental issues such as mental retardation, severe anxiety and even autistic disorders may also qualify Los Angeles residents to receive SSD benefits.

Any Los Angeles residents who are suffering from mental conditions may need to get more information about applying for Social Security Disability benefits.

Source: FindLaw, "Mental Health Disability Claims," Accessed Nov. 6, 2016

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