Required information for the SSA to diagnose your mental disorder

| May 20, 2020 | Social Security Disability Benefits for Mental Conditions |

Being able to function when you deal with a mental disorder may present challenges that appear impossible to overcome. When these personal hurdles begin to affect your ability to work and make a living, Social Security Disability benefits may provide you with some support and relief. 

Understanding the type of information that the Social Security Administration requires in order for them to make a diagnosis may help you prepare adequate documentation to support your quest to get help. 

Your diagnosis 

Hearing from your health care provider that you suffer from a mental disorder is something the Social Security Administration will require along with other evidence that verifies the validity of your claim. In addition to hearing from your medical provider that you do indeed have a diagnosed medical disorder is just the start. Other information the SSA will require includes the following: 

  • A list of your medications including dosage, frequency and purpose. 
  • A detailed analysis of your clinical treatment including any modifications made to your plan.  
  • A complete record of your symptoms and their effects on your life and function.  
  • Data about your personality and cultural background that may affect your mental disorder. 
  • Your medical provider’s opinion of how treatable your condition is.  
  • The results of any psychological tests you have undergone including x-rays and other forms of imaging.  

Starting to receive benefits 

The process of securing SSD is not always a fast one, even if you made sure to include all the required information when you filed your application. As such, it is imperative that you begin the process of filing for Social Security Disability as soon as you recognize a probable need. If you would like to learn more about what to do to be eligible to receive benefits, please visit our webpage.