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How many people in New Jersey get disability for mental illness?

When people in New Jersey discuss Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, they often think of people with physical disabilities that make them unable to work. While these conditions certainly manifest in the population that receives SSDI and SSI benefits, there are also a number of people who receive the assistance based upon mental conditions. One question that may come to mind, however, is how large a population is it that receives disability for mental illness?

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), in 2013, which is the last year for which complete numbers are available, over 3.5 million people received disability benefits based on some form of mental illness. By far, the largest category of mental disability was people who suffer from mood disorders, with almost 1.5 million people receiving benefits based upon these conditions. Mood disorders can include anxiety issues, depression and problems like bipolar disorders. The second-highest nationwide category was intellectual disorders, with over 800,000 individuals receiving benefits for those conditions.

In the state of New Jersey, over 80,000 people received benefits for various mental illnesses in 2013. As is the case nationally, mood disorders led the pack with over 30,600 sufferers. Intellectual disabilities accounted for over 18,000 cases, meaning over half of New Jersey SSDI and SSI recipients who had mental illnesses fit into these categories. The lion's share of the remainder of disability recipients for mental conditions were those with schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders, with slightly over 15,000 recipients.

As can be seen, it is certainly possible for people with psychological illnesses to receive Social Security disability benefits in New Jersey. If you or a loved one is unable to work due to some sort of mental illness disability, you may wish to consider consulting a Social Security disability attorney.

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