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Mental disorders leads the different disability diagnostic groups

When many people in Montclair think about people with disabilities, they think of people missing limbs, people who use wheelchairs or people who are in so much pain that they can barely move. While these are all types of disabilities and ones that can be covered under federal disability benefits, a new report shows that "mental disorders" was the leading type of disability in December 2012.

Someone who falls under the mental disorder diagnostic group lives with a mental health condition that is so severe that it prevents him or her from working. Within the diagnostic group, there are eight subgroups, including: mood disorders, schizophrenic and other psychotic disorders, intellectual disabilities, developmental disorders, organic mental disorders, autistic disorders, childhood and adolescent disorders not elsewhere classified, and other disorders. The diagnostic group is far-reaching and encompasses a number of people receiving disability benefits in Montclair and New Jersey.

Of all of the subgroups, mood disorders are the most prevalent at 14.1 percent of all people receiving Social Security disability benefits. With nearly 10.1 million people receiving these benefits, this comes to more than 1.4 million people with mood disorders.

While it may seem at first glance that the federal government's classification system makes applying for and receiving disability benefits easy, it is not. The application process is incredibly complex and there is a considerable amount of proof that an applicant must provide. Working with a disability benefits attorney, however, can simplify the process. They can collect the paperwork and order the tests that will prove to the federal government that an applicant is in need of federal benefits.

Source:, "35.5% of Disability Beneficiaries Have 'Mental Disorder'; 43.2% in D.C.," Ali Meyer, Jan. 28, 2014

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