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A mental illness can be considered a disability.

Mental disorders include major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Twenty-three percent of American adults (ages 18 and older) suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year, but only half report impairment of their daily functioning due to the mental disorder.

Source: Regier D.A., et al. 1993. The De Facto Mental and Addictive Disorders Service System. "Epidemiologic Catchment Area Prospective One Year Prevalence Rates of Disorders and Services." Archives of General Psychiatry, 50 (2): 85-94.