What evidence helps claims for SSD based on mental health?

Mar 14, 2022 | Social Security Disability

Every time you receive a paycheck, some of the money you earned goes toward Social Security. Most people will make a claim against those contributions later in life when they retire. However, a small number of working adults will find themselves medically unable to continue working while they are still too young to retire.

These individuals may apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. A broad range of different medical conditions can qualify for SSD benefits, including numerous different mental health issues. Unlike physical health concerns, mental health issues may not have any verifiable physical characteristics. What evidence helps you prove a mental health disability?

Medical records

Your physician has likely overseen your health care for years, and they may have included notes in your patient files about your mental health issues. The more pronounced these concerns have been throughout your life, the more likely there is to be evidence in your medical record.

After you have a professional diagnose you with a disorder, that diagnosis is a good starting point. Records of pharmaceutical intervention for your condition and even inpatient mental health services will potentially help strengthen your case. 

Documentation about the impact of your condition

Medical professionals can’t quantify everything about mental health disorders. You may need to collect other evidence, like documentation from failed attempts at employment, that will help to corroborate your claim that you cannot work because of your condition.

Although it may require planning and professional support, you can potentially get SSD benefits when you have a serious mental health issue that will affect you for a long time and prevent you from maintaining gainful employment.