Is OCD a Disability? How to Qualify for SSDI in 2024

Is OCD a disability? Find out if you are eligible, the qualifying SSA criteria, and how to apply for SSDI benefits for OCD in this simple guide.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can dominate your life, adversely affecting your mental well-being. If you or a loved one has received an OCD diagnosis and you’re pondering the possibility of obtaining disability benefits, read on for insights.

Is OCD Considered a Disability?

OCD can qualify as a disability under certain conditions. If it significantly hampers your ability to engage in major life activities such as work, social interactions, or daily tasks, it may meet the criteria for disability under the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Can You Receive Disability for OCD?

The SSA recognizes OCD as a potential disability if it meets the eligibility standards outlined in their Blue Book and substantially limits your capacity to work. The Blue Book delineates the criteria for various medical conditions to qualify for disability benefits.

Types of OCD That May Qualify for SSDI

  • Contamination OCD
  • Symmetry and Ordering OCD
  • Harm OCD
  • Hoarding OCD
  • Ruminative/Intrusive Thoughts OCD
  • Checking OCD
  • Purely Obsessional OCD (Pure-O)
  • Relationship OCD (ROCD)
  • Sexual Orientation OCD (SO-OCD)
  • Existential OCD

How the SSA Assesses OCD SSDI Eligibility

The SSA evaluates eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) based on specific criteria:

  1. Medical Evidence: Comprehensive medical evidence is required to establish an OCD diagnosis, including documentation from qualified healthcare providers detailing the diagnosis, treatment history, and symptom severity.
  2. Functional Limitations: The SSA assesses how OCD affects your ability to perform work-related activities, considering limitations in areas like understanding, interacting, concentrating, and adapting.
  3. Duration of Impairment: Evidence demonstrating that OCD has lasted or is expected to last for at least 12 months is necessary, which can be established through medical records.
  4. Work History and Functional Capacity: Evaluation of work history, education, and skills to determine residual functional capacity (RFC), considering the severity of symptoms and treatment effectiveness.
  5. Blue Book Listing or Equivalent Severity: Individuals may qualify if their condition matches the severity of a listed impairment.
  6. Vocational Factors: Age, education, work experience, and skills are considered to assess the ability to adjust to other work given functional limitations.

Also Read: How to Prove Mental Disability to the SSA (7 Things You Need)

How to Apply for OCD Disability Benefits

To apply for SSDI benefits:

A. Review eligibility criteria.

B. Gather medical documentation.

C. Complete the application accurately.

D. Submit supporting documentation.

E. Cooperate with medical evaluations.

F. Follow up regularly.

Evans Disability can help you apply and make sure you fill out your application correctly. Contact them if you have any questions.

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How Long Does It Take to Get Disability for OCD?

The time varies based on case complexity, application completeness, SSA claim backlog, and need for additional evaluations or appeals.

What if I’m Denied Disability for OCD?

If denied, you can appeal the decision through several stages. At Evans Disability we appeal unfavorable decisions on behalf of our clients.

How to Improve Your Chances of Getting OCD Disability

Tips include gathering accurate medical records, providing evidence, completing an RFC form, obtaining a medical statement, maintaining a symptom journal, and working with an experienced disability attorney. At Evans Disability we will send an RFC form to your supporting doctors.

Secure Your OCD Disability Benefits With Evans Disability

Evans Disability offers experienced attorneys to assist in obtaining OCD benefits. Contact them today for a free consultation at 855-360-1010.

OCD Disability FAQs

What Is OCD?

OCD is characterized by persistent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions).

What Are the Symptoms of OCD?

Obsessions include intrusive thoughts, while compulsions involve repetitive behaviors.

What Type of Disability Is OCD?

OCD falls under psychiatric disabilities, substantially limiting major life activities.

Can You Still Work if You Have OCD?

Many with OCD can work depending on severity, treatment, environment, and coping mechanisms.

Can You Get OCD SSDI Benefits if You Don’t Meet the Blue Book Criteria?

Yes, you can qualify even without meeting specific Blue Book criteria.