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Is your mental condition eligible for SSD?

If you live with a mental condition in Mississippi, you may wonder if said condition makes you eligible for social security disability benefits. As with any condition, the answer depends on a number of factors, one of the most significant of which is your ability to function with the disorder. You can find the information you need regarding mental conditions and SSD on the Social Security Administration’s website.

According to the website, the SSA arranges mental disorders into 11 categories: schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders; neurocognitive disorders; intellectual disorders; bipolar, depressive and other related disorders; obsessive-compulsive and anxiety disorders; eating disorders; impulse-control and personality conditions; somatic symptom disorders; neurodevelopment conditions; autism spectrum disorder; and stressor- and trauma-related conditions.

Depending on into which category your disorder falls, you must meet varying requirements, which the SSA also separates into categories: A, B and C. All conditions must fulfill the requirements in group A, which simply state that your medical evidence must show your condition meets the medical criteria in groups B or C.

Group B criteria mandates that individuals with certain conditions must demonstrate limited function in a work setting. The types of mental functioning the SSA looks at include remembering, understanding, applying information, interacting with others, concentrating, maintaining pace or adapting and managing oneself. To qualify for SSD, your disorder must affect your ability to function appropriately, effectively and independently and must be ongoing. The limitation must be “extreme” if in just one area or “marked” if in two areas.

The SSA uses the criteria in Category C to evaluate severe and chronic mental conditions. To satisfy this criteria, you must present a medically documented history of your disorder over a period of two years. The documentation must assert that your condition is in fact both serious and ongoing.

This content is for informational purposes only. You should not use it as legal advice.

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