When you have a mental disorder, you may not always be able to go to work so you can earn a living. In this situation, you may be able to get Social Security Disability benefits.
Many different types of mental disorders qualify for disability benefits. According to the Social Security Administration, you may receive these benefits if you have a depressive disorder, a neurocognitive condition or an anxiety disorder. Eating disorders may also qualify for these benefits. Additionally, you might be able to receive Social Security Disability if you are on either the autism or schizophrenia spectrum.
The SSA usually asks you to provide evidence about the way your disorder affects your life. This means you typically have to submit medical records from your psychologist and physician. If you work with other medical professionals, you might want to submit statements from these people as well. These records should indicate the symptoms you experience, your diagnosis and the kinds of treatment you receive. It is generally helpful if your medical records indicate how your condition affects your life in the long-term.
Additionally, the SSA may consider the support you have access to. This can include your living situation or your participation in a special education program. These factors can help people determine your ability to work. The SSA may want to speak to your family members and caregivers to understand your ability to function on a daily basis. These interviews generally help the SSA understand the way your disorder affects your life. The combination of medical evidence with personal testimony can demonstrate the extent of your disorder so the SSA can determine if your particular situation requires disability benefits.