Millions of Americans suffer from a variety of mental health problems. Common mental health disorders can include: anxiety, depression, psychological disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders and other types of general social anxieties. Social Security Disability benefits may be awarded for not only physical health disorders but also for mental health disorders. All mental health disorders must be substantiated by medical evidence. The Social Security Administration will evaluate all medical evidence which supports the claimant's mental health claim and determine the claimant's limitations and their ability to work. All mental health conditions must be expected to last for at least 12 continuous months.
Mental health disorders which are included on the Social Security Administration's List of Impairments are arranged in nine diagnostic categories: Organic mental disorders (12.02); schizophrenic, paranoid and other psychotic disorders (12.03); affective disorders (12.04); mental retardation (12.05); anxiety-related disorders (12.06); somatoform disorders (12.07); personality disorders (12.08); substance addiction disorders (12.09); and autistic disorder and other pervasive developmental disorders (12.10) (Diagnostic listing information is provided by the Social Security Administration).