For close to 7 decades, mental health organizations across the United States have commemorated the month of May as Mental Health Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to decreasing the stigma associated with mental conditions and spreading awareness about the need for treatment for persons suffering from these disorders.
It is important for family members and caregivers of persons with mental health disorders to know more about the person’s eligibility for Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration pays out benefits to millions of persons who suffer from mental disabilities every year. Out of the 8 million persons who receive Social Security disability benefits every year, as many as a quarter receive benefits based on their mental disorder.
Most beneficiaries who receive benefits for mental disorders are above the age of 50, but you can definitely qualify for benefits even if you are younger. Depression and anxiety-related disorders are some of the common conditions that qualify a person to receive Social Security disability benefits. Beneficiaries may also suffer from PTSD or other mental or intellectual challenges.