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Serious and persistent mental conditions eligible for SSDI

People in New Jersey have many different impairments. These could be physical injuries, illnesses, chronic diseases and others. One of these other impairments that does not get as much attention is mental illness. These impairments can be temporary or permanent and have a varying amount of impact on the person's life. Depending on the severity of the mental illness, the person may not be able to work and earn income to pay for their needs.

These people may be able to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). However, not everyone with a mental illness will qualify for SSDI. The person must meet certain criteria to be eligible.

There are a number of mental conditions that may qualify for SSDI, but in this article, we will focus on the requirements for mental illnesses. These include neurocognitive disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar, clinical depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders, anxiety, trauma related disorders and others.

The requirements for these mental illnesses include demonstrating that the mental illness is serious and persistent. This is defined as a mental illness, which has lasted for at least two years; the person relies on medical treatment, therapy, psychosocial supports or a highly structured setting on an ongoing basis; and that despite diminished symptoms, the person still only has minimal capacity to adapt to changes in their daily lives.

Many people in New Jersey live with mental illnesses. These illnesses can be just as debilitating as physical injuries and illnesses, which can prevent people from being able to maintain a job. These people may be eligible for SSDI, just like people with physical injuries and illnesses, if certain criteria are met. This can be a complicated process though, requiring specific information. It is important to know what is required, so a person can ensure that they receive the benefits they deserve.

Source: SSA.gov, "Disability Evaluation under Social Security - 12.00 Mental Disorders - Adults," accessed on March 28, 2017

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