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Mental disorders that qualify one for Social Security disability

Not everyone in Tennessee may love their job all the time, but they are necessary for one to be able to pay their bills and meet their needs. So, whether they like or not they keep going to earn the paycheck. If one is sick or injured in some way, they may not be able to keep working though. If they are not able to earn an income, it may become very difficult for the person to meet their financial obligations. This is especially true if the problem is something that will continue for a long period of time or for the rest of the person's life.

However, people who find themselves in this unfortunate situation may be able to pursue Social Security disability benefits to help them with their finances while they cannot work. There are certain requirements that must be met in terms of length one would not be able to work, their work history and the type of injury or illness they suffer from.

Most people think about physical injuries or illnesses that affect people's ability to work, but there are also many mental disorders that can have the same effects on a person as the physical ones. The Social Security Administration publishes a list of mental disorders that may qualify people for Social Security disability benefits.

These include, but are not limited to, schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, intellectual disorders, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, personality disorders, impulse-control disorders, autism, eating disorders, trauma and stress related disorders and others. For each disorder, one needs to demonstrate that the disorder makes it impossible for the person to work, and the disorder must be something that has and will last for a long period of time.

Many people in Tennessee suffer from various mental disorders. These disorders, just like physical injuries and illnesses, vary in their debilitating effects and last varying lengths of time. However, if they meet the criteria, people suffering from them may pursue Social Security disability benefits. This can be a complicated process though, so enlisting the aid of an attorney may be helpful.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Disability Evaluation Under Social Security - 12.00 Mental Disorders - Adult," accessed Aug. 15, 2017

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