Learn More about Mental Impairments that Qualify for Social Security Disability

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Certain mental impairments and disorders make it impossible for a person to work, even when he or she takes medication. Some of these disorders are passed along genetic lines; others may be brought on by trauma. At Bailey & Greer, PLLC, we understand that there is nothing you can do about the way your brain functions. We also understand that being unable to work may be a source of anger, frustration or anxiety for you. That is why we help people throughout Memphis, Jackson and West Tennessee obtain the Social Security Disability benefits they need to protect themselves. We are on your side, and we want to help you get the help you need in order to continue your treatments, so that you can live your best possible life.

How are the impairments categorized?

The SSA has nine categories of mental impairments, with conditions that almost always qualify for SSD benefits. If your condition falls into one of those categories, and is likely to keep you from working for at least 12 months, then you may be eligible for benefits. The categories are:

  1. Organic Mental Disorders, or those affecting brain function
  2. Schizophrenic, paranoid and other psychotic disorders, or those with symptoms of psychosis
  3. Affective disorders, which affect moods, such as bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic depression)
  4. Intellectual disability, for those with an IQ of no more than 59
  5. Anxiety-related disorders, including disorders that lead to panic attacks or irrational fears
  6. Somatoform disorders, which manifest through physical symptoms
  7. Personality disorders, where certain traits are inflexible, making it difficult or impossible for a person to function in social situations
  8. Substance addiction disorders, which may be related to other mental impairments or physical impairments, and which could be in conjunction with another disorder on this list
  9. Autistic disorder and other pervasive developmental disorders, where social interaction is almost certainly impossible

The SSA offers a much more detailed explanation of each category for your perusal.

Applying for Social Security Disability

Being afflicted by one of the aforementioned disorders does not mean you automatically qualify for SSD, just as having a condition that is not on the list does not automatically disqualify you. You still must prove that you cannot work because of your condition. At Bailey & Greer, we cooperate with your doctors and put together the necessary medical documentation to show that your condition has left you unable to work. If you are scheduled for an administrative hearing, we guide you through the process, and use expert testimony to show why you should be deemed eligible for SSD benefits.

Learn more about eligibility for disability benefits

Bailey & Greer, PLLC, offers you a judgment-free space where you can discuss your needs in privacy. We have helped families throughout Memphis, Jackson and West Tennessee obtain the Social Security Disability benefits they need in order to protect themselves and their loved ones. To schedule a free consultation with a dedicated attorney, please call 877-819-4414 or fill out our contact form.