Mental Disorders That Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits

Mental disorders refer to a wide range of mental health conditions. They tend to be illnesses that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders as well as addictive behaviors.

Everyone experiences highs and lows in their mood from time to time. A mental health concern becomes a mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function. A mental illness can not only make you miserable, but it can also affect relationships, your daily routine, and your ability to fulfill job obligations.

Not only can a mental disorder disable an individual’s mental (and physical) capabilities, but it can also become a financial burden. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has created a fall back program for Americans who suffer from a number of ailments and are unable to work. For a complete description of Social Security Disability, click here.


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Disabling Conditions

This page contains a list of mental disorders that can be considered severe enough by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to qualify a person for Social Security Disability . These conditions must interfere with an individual’s ability to keep “gainful employment,” to qualify that person for SSDI or SSI benefits.

A complete listing of possible impairments are found in the SSA’s “Social Security Listing of Impairments,” a manual used by state-run Disability Determination Services (DDS) to determine whether or not a person meets the SSA’s criteria for complete disability.

The following are mental disorders that may qualify an individual for disability insurance. If you or someone you know is suffering from one of the following diseases, they may be eligible for benefits.  When applying for SSDI, make sure to educate yourself about the conditions that need to be met in order to qualify, and the process for applying. If your disease is not listed, it may still covered by Disability Insurance.

List of Mental Disorders


A brief overview of the different kinds of anxiety disorders, including General Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive, and Panic Disorders. This page offers suggestions and basic information on applying for SSDI with an anxiety disorder.


This page provides a guide for knowing what indicators the Social Security Administration looks for when reviewing a bipolar case for SSDI. A list of common symptoms and treatments is also given.


A “how to” on applying for SSDI with a clinical depression diagnosis. This page lets you know what information is needed from your medical records, physician’s statement, etc.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

An overview of the causes, symptoms, and some treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder patients. If you or someone you know suffers from PTSD, refer them to this page and learn how to qualify for disability benefits.

Autistic Disorders

This page discusses the symptoms and effects of autistic disorders. Many people with autism may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

Hiring an SSD Attorney

The process for applying for Social Security Disability Insurance can be difficult, confusing, and often frustrating. We hope the information provided on this website can be beneficial to helping you understand the next step to take in filing your claim. Once equipped with the right information, often the best decision is to find an experienced Utah SSD attorney. At the Summit Disability Law Group, we aim to fight on your behalf to ensure you receive the very best representation. Call us today for a free initial consultation so we can learn how we can best help your case.