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Disability Resource Center

Psychological Disability

Psychological disability is defined as a persistent psychological or psychiatric disorder, emotional, or mental illness.

Psychological disability is a condition which:

  • Is listed in the most current American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) and is coded on Axis I or II as moderate to severe
  • Reflects a psychiatric or psychological condition that interferes with a major life activity
  • Poses a functional limitation in the educational setting

The term psychological disability does not include transvestitism, transsexuals, pedophilia, exhibitionism, voyeurism, gender identity disorder not resulting from physical impairment, or other sexual behavior disorders; compulsive gambling, kleptomania, or pyromania; psychoactive substance abuse disorders resulting from current illegal use of drugs; and any condition designated by the most current DSM as developmental disorders that is covered by another disability category.

Recovering drug and alcohol abusers are considered psychologically disabled as long as they are in or have completed a recovery program and meet all other conditions for this disability category.

Disability Resource Center

Building 1600, Room 1615
Phone: 925.424.1510
Fax: 925.424.1515

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