Disability for Mental and Emotional Disorders

Mental illness and mental impairments consists of a wide range of mental disorders that affect your mood, social skills, thought processes, and ability to engage in daily activities. Either your primary doctor or a psychiatrist or psychologist can diagnose you with a mental illness. If your symptoms are severe and have prevented you from being able to perform work for at least 12 months (and you expect not to be able to work for at least 12 months), then you may be eligible to receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA).