Mental Disorders

Clients Success Stories:
Disability Benefits for Mental Disorders

Plus additional resources on getting disability benefits for Mental Disorders

Depression, Diabetes, Sleep Apnea & Back Pain

Donald suffers from diabetes, depression, sleep apnea and back pain. He wasn’t able to work, which made it difficult to put food on the table. He knew he had to do something so he called Balin Law. Read Donald’s story.

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Antoinette’s Review of Balin Law

Antoinette’s son was determined disabled and diagnosed with Autism. Years later, the Social Security Administration wanted to cut Antoinette’s sons’ disability benefits so she called Balin Law.

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Barbara C., Balin Law Client Testimonial

“I had a lot of physical pain and mental health issues due to anxiety and paranoia and had a difficult time speaking for myself. I’d been filing claims for 10 years with appeals with no luck until I hired Balin Law.”

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What Social Security lists for Mental Disorders

Mental Disorders that may qualify for disability benefits are evaluated under Section 12.00 of Social Security’s Listing of Impairments – Adult Listings.

Per Social Security, there are 11 separate categories used for evaluating and approving disability benefits for Mental Disorders.

  1. Neurocognitive disorders (12.02)

There is noteworthy overlap between Sections 11.00 for Neurological Disorders and the Neurocognitive Disorders in Section 12.02 under Mental Disorders. If cognitive impairments resulting from neurological disorders don’t meet the requirements in Section 11.00 for Neurological Disorders (mainly the “marked limitation in physical functioning”), they may be awarded disability benefits under Section 12.02 for Mental Disorders.

      • Major neurocognitive disorder
      • Dementia of the Alzheimer type
      • Vascular dementia
      • Dementia due to a medical condition such as a metabolic disease (for example, late-onset Tay-Sachs disease)
      • Human immunodeficiency virus infection
      • Vascular malformation
      • Progressive brain tumor
      • Neurological disease (for example, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinsonian syndrome, Huntington disease)
      • Traumatic brain injury
      • Substance-induced cognitive disorder associated with drugs of abuse, medications, or toxins
  1. Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders (12.03)
    • schizophrenia
    • schizoaffective disorder
    • delusional disorder
    • psychotic disorder due to another medical condition
  2. Depressive, bipolar and related disorders (12.04)
    • bipolar disorders (I or II)
    • cyclothymic disorder
    • major depressive disorder
    • persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)
    • bipolar or depressive disorder due to another medical condition
  3. Intellectual disorder (12.05)
    • intellectual disability
    • intellectual developmental disorder
    • historically used terms such as “mental retardation.”
  4. Anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders (12.06)
    • social anxiety disorder
    • panic disorder
    • generalized anxiety disorder
    • agoraphobia
    • obsessive-compulsive disorder
  5. Somatic symptom and related disorders (12.07)
    • somatic symptom disorder
    • illness anxiety disorder
    • conversion disorder
  6. Personality and impulse-control disorders (12.08)
    • paranoid, schizoid, schizotypal, borderline, avoidant, dependent, obsessive-compulsive personality disorders
    • intermittent explosive disorder
  7. Autism spectrum disorder (12.10)
    • autism spectrum disorder with or without accompanying intellectual impairment
    • autism spectrum disorder with or without accompanying language impairment
  8. Neurodevelopmental disorders (12.11)
    • specific learning disorder
    • borderline intellectual functioning
    • tic disorders (such as Tourette syndrome)
  9. Eating disorders (12.13)
    1. anorexia nervosa
    2. bulimia nervosa
    3. binge-eating disorder
    4. avoidant/restrictive food disorder
  10. Trauma- and stressor-related disorders (12.15)
    1. PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder)
    2. other specified trauma- and stressor-related disorders

Each section has its own unique set of requirements based on the disorder. They evaluate wide range of issues that may inhibit your ability to work, including side effects of medications, ability to maintain personal hygiene, and frequency and duration of therapy sessions.