Whether you are born with a disability or acquired one during life, chances are that it presents some challenges to your life. Suffering from a mental condition can completely disrupt an individual's life. He or she may struggle to maintain healthy relationships, obtain an education and find and hold employment. Under these circumstances, individuals may find themselves facing difficulty not only in paying their medical expenses but also their living expenses. Social Security disability seeks to provide relief to these individuals, but they, like other SSD claimants, must show that they meet the federal requirements necessary to be deemed disabled.
To prove disability for a mental health condition, an individual must submit both medical and non-medical evidence to the Social Security Administration. The medical evidence may include one's medical history, and laboratory results,and imaging tests. The evidence submitted can also include courses of treatment that have been tried and how the claimant's condition reacted to that treatment. Non-medical evidence, which may include statements from the claimant and people who know him or her, help give the SSA a sense of how the medical condition has affected the individual's ability to partake in daily activities, including working.