Are Mental Illnesses a Disability?
Before I answer, some quick notes:
- I have not been diagnosed with any mental illness.
- I stand by the philosophy that, when talking about any topic, the parties involved must agree on the definition of any and all relevant terms.
When I use the words
mental illness in this post, I’m operating under the above listed definitions.
Now that that’s out of the way, here’s my answer to your question: it depends.
Lots of people with mental illness are able to manage their condition through things like medication or therapy. Their mental illness does not
impair, interfere with, or limit [their] ability to engage in certain tasks or actions or participate in typical daily activities and interactions
Lots of people with mental illness have difficulty managing their condition. Their mental illness
impairs, interferes with, or limits [their] ability to engage in certain tasks or actions or participate in typical daily activities and interactions.
If someone with a mental illness relates more with the first statement, that person might not have a disability due to mental illness.
If someone with a mental illness relates more with the second statement, that person might have a disability due to mental illness.