For most, living with a mental illness or disorder is typically just as difficult as living with a physical impairment. One thing patients with mental conditions share with physically impaired people is the inability to work and earn an income. Acquiring Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is often critical to the survival of those living with mental disorders. Unfortunately, proving that you qualify for SSD benefits due to a mental condition is not a simple process.
Just because you and your doctor decide you can no longer work, that does not automatically mean you will receive Social Security Disability benefits. As with other government programs, you must apply for benefits and then wait for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to decide if you have an applicable disability.
Of all those who apply to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) each year, at least 66 percent have their applications denied. While individuals are entitled to reapply for benefits, many have to wait extended periods of time for their cases to be reviewed once again. Over the next 15 months, 10 states, including California, will institute a "reconsideration" policy aimed at expediting the re-review of claims.