Disabilities due to mental conditions can have an impact on families and can prevent disabled individuals from earning a living to support their families. Social Security Disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income provide options for disabled individuals. However, it can be difficult to successfully obtain much-needed benefits. Most applications, in fact, are denied. But, there is a rigorous appeals process available to applicants.

To help avoid frustration and obtain benefits, clearly understanding the application process, being familiar with the appeals process and having the right information can all be helpful when applying for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits. A qualifying mental condition is required to obtain disability benefits. Certain mental conditions are considered qualifying for disability benefits. Additional medical conditions may also qualify for disability benefits based on the circumstances.

Mental conditions that qualify for disability benefits include: depression; anxiety; post-traumatic stress disorder; bipolar disorder; schizophrenia; autism spectrum disorders; Down syndrome and other developmental or intellectual disabilities; learning disabilities; and traumatic brain injuries. Medical evidence, showing medical treatment, is required to support a claim for disability benefits. Medical records are required from doctors and may be required from other sources based on the circumstances. Qualifying for disability benefits can also be based on a physical impairment.

If the specific mental condition the disabled individual suffers from, which causes their inability to work, is not named on the Social Security Administration’s list of qualifying medical conditions, additional options related to the application process are possible. Because of the complexities associated with the application and appeals processes, it is crucial for disabled individuals to fully understand their options concerning the availability of disability benefits.