Mental Illness and Disability Benefits

You can collect disability benefits for mental illness conditions, but it is usually harder to collect disability for a mental illness than for a physical illness. Usually it is harder to qualify for disability benefits for a mental illness because symptoms are not likely to be easily assessed. Typically those with a mental illness have symptoms that can come and go.

To qualify for SSDI you must prove that your mental illness has lasted or will last longer than 12 months. However if your symptoms aren’t always present, or haven’t been present for a period of time, it can be hard to prove your disability case. Learn more about the SSDI work history and medical history requirements.

However, there are a few mental illnesses, or mental impairments that the Social Security Administration recognizes as inherently disabling and enables a person from working. These include:

  • schizophrenia
  • mental retardation
  • autistic disorders
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • bipolar disorder
  • substance abuse disorders

We will help you navigate the through the process, answer your questions, and help you file your Social Security Disability claim for your mental illness.

We have nearly 20 years of work experience in the Utah Social Security system, qualifying us with an in-depth knowledge to handle your case. Contact us for qualified, experienced Social Security Disability representation.