The Social Security Administration recently changed the rules surrounding mental disorders in disability cases. New mental health conditions are now on the SSA’s medical listings. Each year, awareness of mental health issues grows. As that happens, the Social Security disability program adapts. This post explains the new mental health disability listings and how they affect you.
If you live with a mental disability and want to learn more about disability benefits, contact us at Summit Disability Law Group today!
What are the New Mental Health Disability Listings?
There are several changes to how the SSA considers mental health conditions. Substance addiction disorders are no longer listed. However, there are several new mental disorders specifically listed by the SSA. These include:
- Neurocognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s
- Psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia
- Depressive and bipolar disorders. Related disorders may also qualify
- Intellectual disorders
- Anxiety disorders and OCD
- Somatic symptom disorder. Related disorders may also qualify
- Personality disorders
- Developmental disorders, such as autism
- Neurodevelopmental disorders
- Eating disorders
- Trauma and stressor-related disorders
If your condition is listed by the SSA, you may be eligible for disability benefits. Even if yours is not listed, you may still qualify. The best thing you can do for your case is to hire an experienced attorney. At Summit Disability Law Group, we know how to help Utahns get the disability benefits they need.
Other Important Changes
The severity of your disability is an important factor in winning benefits. The SSA evaluates how your condition affects your abilities to do the following:
- Understand, remember, or apply information
- Interact with others
- Concentrate, persist, or maintain pace
- Adapt or manage oneself
If your disability negatively affects your ability to do these things, you may qualify for benefits.
Your Utah Social Security Disability Lawyers
At Summit Disability Law Group, we regularly help Utahns win their disability cases. Whether you meet one of these mental health disability listings, or live with a different disabling condition, we can help you. Contact us today for a free initial consultation to discuss your case!
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