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Mental disorders include a wide range or mental health conditions that affect thinking, mood, behavior, and feelings. The Social Security Administration lists several categories of mental health disorders that can be considered for disability benefits.

Common Mental Health Disorders


Schizophrenia is a chronic mental disorder that causes a breakdown in the relationship between thought, behavior, and emotions. It is characterized by a faulty perception of reality and can lead to inappropriate feelings and actions. The exact cause of schizophrenia is unknown and treatment is usually lifelong and involves a combination of medications and therapies.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post traumatic stress disorder is a psychiatric condition caused by experiencing or witnessing a terrifying or traumatic event. Symptoms often include severe anxiety, flashbacks, and nightmares.

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism spectrum disorders are a group of developmental disabilities that affect behavior and communication. Symptoms vary widely in severity and may include repetitive behaviors, limited ability to communicate or speak, and a deficiency in social skills.


Depression is a group of conditions that negatively affect the way a person thinks, feels and handles everyday activities. A person suffering from severe depression may be irritable, persistently sad or anxious, or lack any emotions. Symptoms of depression can be treated with medications and various therapies.

Bi-Polar Disorder

A person suffering from bi-polar disorder will have unusual shifts in their mood and will usually experience emotions ranging from manic highs to extreme lows. It is a chronic disorder and treatment includes medications and therapies.

Other common mental health disorders that may qualify you for disability benefits include:

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Conversion Disorder
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries

Reasons Mental Disorder Disability Claims Are Denied

There are a host of reasons why disability claims for mental health disorders are denied. Some of the most frequent claim denials include:

  • Claimant fails to follow order(s) given by treating physician
  • Lack of details regarding the condition from the treating physician
  • No record of medical treatment for the disorder
  • The claimant has not suffered with the condition for at least a year
  • Lack of a specific diagnosis
  • Claimant is still considered to be employable
  • Claimant fails to take prescribed medications

Call Our Washington State Disability Attorney

If you suffer from a mental health disorder and are seeking disability compensation, or if you have been denied disability for your mental health disorder, call our office today for a free consultation with a Washington state disability attorney.

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