Social Security Benefits for Mental Illness
Mental illness 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).
How Can I Get Disability Benefits for a Mental Illness?
Getting disability benefits for mental illnesses may be more difficult.
Disability Benefits and Payments for Anxiety Disorders
To qualify for disability benefits for anxiety, you need to show that your symptoms are chronic and that they severely and negatively impact your ability to function in life.
Can You Get Disability Coverage for Depression?
Social Security has a list of criteria you must fulfill to qualify for disability benefits for depression.