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Obtaining disability benefits for dissociative identity disorder


Sometimes it is easy to see that a person has a disability. For example, a person with a disability might use a wheelchair or walk with a cane. However, not all disabilities are so visible. Many individuals in Florida and elsewhere suffer from "hidden" disabilities that may not be readily apparent. This can make it difficult for these individuals to get the needs and resources necessary to live with a disability. Mental conditions are not always understood, causing some to not be treated with the same sensitivity as those living with visible disabilities.

Those living with dissociative identity disorder may not be viewed as having a disability. However, it is a disability that can greatly impair an individual, making them qualified for Social Security disability benefits for mental conditions if they meet the necessary criteria. Although those living with dissociative identity disorder are able to attend school and even work at times, this does not mean they do not face difficulties and challenges.

Like other psychiatric disorders, this condition can impact social, education, occupational and other functions. This can result in failing grades, fighting with others, the inability to hold a job and not being able to work full-time. Thus, it is likely that those living with dissociative identity disorder are facing financial problems. These problems could be offset through the receipt of SSD benefits. While these funds may not address all issues, it is a way to reduce their impacts.

Whether you were diagnosed in your youth or adulthood, living with a mental condition is not easy. Although there are ways to manage mental conditions, this does not address the financial hardships that are often associated with these disabilities. Therefore, it is important to understand what options area available and if you qualify for SSD benefits.

Source: HealthyPlace, "Mental Health Disability for Dissociative Identity Disorder," Crystalie Matulewicz, Aug. 3, 2017

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