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The impact of a psychosocial disability related to a mental health condition

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To understand psychosocial disability, the NDIS looks at the ‘functional’ impairments or impacts (the challenges or limitations) you experience because of your mental health condition. Everyone’s experience of a mental health condition is different and so the impact on how you participate in activities and the community can range from no/low impact to severe impact.

For example, a person who experiences feelings of anxiety may find the impact of this is low and, while uncomfortable in some circumstances, they can still join in most social situations. However, another person who also experiences feelings of anxiety may find the impact very high and struggle with any social contact, which may cause them to become very isolated.

For you to access funded support you need to show:

  • that you have a psychosocial disability and impairments related to your mental health condition; and
  • the impact it has on your life as this relates to mobility, communication, social interaction, learning, self-care and self-management.

You also need to begin thinking about what supports you need to manage or overcome these problems. This is called ‘pre-planning’ and is an early step toward developing your NDIS first plan.

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