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Social Security disability benefits for mental health conditions

Social Security disability (SSD) benefits can be available for a variety of medical conditions, including those related to mental health. Social Security disability benefits are based on two things, including the medical condition of the disabled individual and their work history.

If the mental condition the disabled individual suffers from prevents them from working, they may be considered disabled according to the Social Security Administration's (SSA) definition of disability. To be considered medically disabled by the Social Security Administration, the disabled individual must suffer from a medical condition that is severe enough it prevents them from working. In addition, it must be expected to last for 12 months or longer or result in death which excludes those suffering from temporary disability from receiving benefits.

Some of the mental impairments the Social Security Administration considers impairing for purposes of Social Security disability benefits include Schizophrenia; autism disorders; mental retardation; depression; anxiety; and bipolar disorder. The Social Security Administration maintains a list of medical conditions considered inherently disabling and if the medical condition the disabled individual suffers from prevents them from engaging in substantial gainful activity, they may qualify for SSD benefits.

Even if the mental condition is not on the SSA's list, the disabled individual can still pursue the process of applying for benefits based on suffering from a medical condition that prevents them from working and is expected to last for 12 months or longer. Social Security disability benefits are designed to help those who are unable to work with their daily costs and needs which is why disabled individuals, including those suffering with a mental health condition, should know how to qualify and apply for benefits.

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