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How OCD can make daily life unmanageable

On Behalf of | Jun 7, 2024 | Social Security Disability (SSD)

Many people like to joke that they have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) whenever they do things such as line items up in a straight line or strive for perfection on a work project. 

However, people suffering from OCD realize that it is so much more, and there are some days when it becomes too overwhelming even to leave the bed.

While some individuals find a treatment that can help them manage their condition, for others, just getting through the day is a daily battle.

What is OCD?

OCD is a mental health condition that involves intrusive, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors (compulsions). People with OCD need to perform these behaviors to relieve or reduce the anxiety or stress of their intrusive thoughts.

For example, a person with OCD may find it challenging to drive anywhere. They become obsessed with the thought they may have hit someone without realizing it. They then feel compelled to turn around and go back over their route to relieve those thoughts. Eventually, they give up trying to leave their house, making it almost impossible to hold a job. To complicate matters, OCD is also associated with anxiety and depression.

OCD is one of the mental disorders recognized by the Social Security Administration. Still, receiving approval for disability benefits can be difficult. There are key factors to consider, such as:

  • Your OCD must be severe enough to significantly impair your ability to work.
  • There must be evidence of your diagnosis, the severity of your symptoms, and how they affect your daily life and ability to work. This is supported by detailed and comprehensive medical records from mental health professionals.
  • You must meet the specific criteria outlined in SSA’s Blue Book, which include demonstrating a persistent and significant impairment in functioning.
  • Your OCD must affect significant functional areas, such as concentrating and interacting with others.

If you’re someone with OCD, the application process to receive SSDI benefits may feel too overwhelming to undertake. However, there are people who can help you navigate the application process and gather the necessary documentation. Their assistance provides the best chance of having your claim approved.