Mental Health Diagnoses That Could Qualify Your Loved One For Disability

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Mental Health Diagnoses That Could Qualify Your Loved One For Disability

8 April 2015
 Categories: Law, Blog

Do you have a family member who struggles with mental retardation or autism? If so, you may be able to help them receive disability assistance from the government. Since this can sometimes be difficult to do, you may want to consult with a disability attorney, such as Bruce K Billman, to help you through the process. 

Disability for Mental Retardation

Also known as an intellectual disability, mental retardation can qualify you for disability. However, you must be aware there are certain guidelines in place and requirements that must be met in order to be approved. If the applicant is less than 22 years of age and has an IQ below 60, they can automatically qualify. If their IQ is between 60 and 70, there are other factors that are considered. Some of these include:

  • The applicant also has a physical impairment which limits their ability to work
  • Doing daily activities such as getting dressed and going to work are challenging for them
  • They have problems interacting in a social setting   

If the applicant's IQ is unknown because they are unable to complete a test, they might automatically qualify. A disability attorney will make sure the proper tests are taken to determine the IQ and can help gather any other evidence that might be pertinent to the case.

Disability for Autism

Autism is a complex disorder of the brain that can impair or hinder social interaction, communication and behavior. In order to qualify for disability, a doctor must have made a diagnosis of autism. Other requirements include:

  • Extreme difficulties in social interactions
  • Communication deficits
  • Activities and interests are restricted

These deficiencies must cause at least two serious limitations in the following functions:

  • Cognitive
  • Social
  • Personal
  • Concentration

An IQ test or other standardized test is often required to determine the level of cognitive function. Other evidence from teachers, parents, other family members, doctors or healthcare providers will need to be evaluated in order to determine deficiencies in other areas. A disability attorney can ensure proper testing takes place and all the necessary evidence is gathered that would help your loved one qualify for disability.

Disability for Other Mental Health Disorders

Both mental retardation and autism are considered by the Social Security Administration as mental illnesses. Other diagnoses that could qualify someone for disability include:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Substance abuse disorders

If you have a loved one with mental retardation, autism or any other mental illnesses, contact a disability attorney to help them qualify for assistance.