Are emotional problems considered a disability that qualifies for SSD benefits?

Yes, individuals with disabling mental health issues may obtain Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Applicants for SSD must demonstrate that their mental health issues prevent them from holding the job they had before and make them unable to adjust to new work because of their mental illness.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) Listing of Impairments specifically addresses “mental disorders” that qualify for SSD benefits. The SSI program recognizes developmental or mental disorders of childhood that cause a deficit or lag in motor, cognitive / communicative or social functioning skills.

Like SSD applicants who have physical disabilities, the applicant seeking a mental health disability may be asked to undergo an additional medical examination at the Social Security Administration’s expense. An applicant must comply with this request for the claim to move forward.

A Becker Law Office attorney can help an individual with a mental health disability, or their family members, to obtain needed SSD or SSI benefits. We can act on your behalf to develop a complete and accurate benefits application and keep your claim moving forward so you’ll have a better chance of getting the benefits you deserve.