When many Florida residents think of Social Security disability, they might think of severe physical injuries that prevent people from working in their field. While a significant number of people do file disability claims as the result of physical injuries and ailments, there are plenty of people who file claims for mental health conditions as well.
What are some mental health conditions that are eligible for SSD?
People with certain anxiety disorders may be eligible to receive SSD if they show that their condition significantly impacts their ability to work. Although each case is different, people who have anxiety disorders often display symptoms such as:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Trouble concentrating
- Irritation and anger
Many people with anxiety manage it with things such as medication and therapy, but those techniques do not work for everyone.
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder occurs after someone experiences an extremely disturbing or frightening event in their lives. Someone who experiences an act of violence, for example, may no longer be able to be around loud, sudden noises. For instance, say a person only has job training in construction, manufacturing or another line of work that involves loud noise. They may find that they can no longer work in their field if they have PTSD.
Dementia causes changes in the brain that have to do with language recall and memory. This can significantly impact someone’s ability to work, especially if their field involves things like speaking to customers and answering questions.
Consider mental health conditions as well as physical ailments when thinking about whether to apply for SSD.