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My mental disorder prevents me from working -
Do I qualify for Social Security Disability benefits?
If you have a mental health disability and cannot work, you might qualify for Social Security benefits. Social Security must decide that you cannot do work that you did before you became ill and you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s).
Your disability must also last or be expected to last for at least one year or to result in death. Social Security pays benefits only for total and long-term disability. To qualify for Social Security Disability (SSDI), you must be covered by Social Security Insurance by having paid Social Security taxes.
The Supplemental Security Income Program (SSI) assists the aged, blind and disabled individuals who have limited income. More information.
Am I insured
under Social Security?
Your Social Security Statement shows whether you meet the work requirement at the time it was prepared.
What mental health conditions meet
the definition of disability?
How are mental disorders evaluated?
limitation will be rated within four areas: Activities
of daily living; social functioning; concentration, persistence, or
pace; and episodes of increased symptoms. If your mental impairment(s) is
severe (resulting in at least two of these restrictions,) evaluators
will determine if it's severe enough to be a listed
of Mental Disorders: The evaluation of disability requires documentation of a medically determinable impairment(s),
consideration of the degree of limitation such impairment(s) may impose
on the individual's ability to work, and whether these
limitations have lasted or are expected to last for a continuous period
of at least 12 months.
B. Need for medical
evidence: Evaluators will establish the existence of a medical
impairment(s) of the required duration by medical evidence consisting
of symptoms, psychiatric signs and laboraatory findings.
C. Assessment of severity measures functional limitations, including activities of daily living; social functioning; concentration, and episodes of increased symptoms with difficulties in performing daily activities, maintaining social relationships, or maintaining concentration, persistence, or pace.
How long does it take?
Prepare to apply
Do I need a lawyer
do I apply?
Page updated December 1, 2009