Mental Disorders Are Most Common Conditions Qualifying for Social Security Disability

February 24, 2013

There are numerous conditions that qualify individuals for Social Security disability benefits, but some of the most commonly listed ailments are mental disorders. In fact, a new annual report from the Social Security Administration shows mental disorders to be the leading diagnostic group for individuals who are receiving such benefits.

The conclusion was drawn from information gathered from more than 10 million individuals who currently receive Social Security disability. This data led researchers to find 35.5 percent of all Social Security recipients list a mental condition as one of the ailments that prevents them from working. In Massachusetts, more than half of all recipients claim to suffer a mental disorder.

The most commonly listed mental condition was mood disorders, accounting for more than 14 percent of all claims. Intellectual disabilities make up another 8.4 percent of claims, while those suffering from psychotic disorders—like Schizophrenia—are responsible for another 5.1 percent of all disability claims.

Read more about mental disorders and the qualifications to receive benefits here.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are aware of how difficult it can be to live with a mental disorder. That is why the firm is here to help if you or a loved one are unable to work due to mental health and need financial assistance.

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