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Proving you have a disabling mental condition is not easy

Millions of Americans throughout the United States suffer from mental disorders. While they may appear healthy on the outside, even during occasional interactions, they may be haunted by any number of emotional or mental illnesses. This is why the Social Security Administration includes mental conditions among the disabilities for victims to receive Social Security Disability benefits.

It seems easy enough for a doctor to diagnose someone with a serious injury. We can take x-rays, cat scans and MRIs to reveal both physical injuries as well as many illnesses, such as cancer. But, it is far more difficult for medical professionals to provide tangible evidence of a victim's mental condition, although this doesn't mean that a mental condition could be any less debilitating.

In order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, applicants must prove that they have an illness, injury or mental condition that is expected to last at least a year or and result in death, and that the condition is serious enough that the applicant is unable to maintain gainful employment. Gainful employment is defined as employment for profit.

Various mental conditions, such as anxiety attacks and depression, aren't always apparent. Making certain that you have all available evidence, including documentation of your medical history, prescription medications and a history of their use, and testimonials from doctors and medical professionals may all be necessary to prove your disability and its severity. Getting more information about Social Security Disability for illnesses may also improve your chances for success in applying for benefits.

Source:, "Are You Eligible For Social Security Disability?" Accessed May 1, 2017

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