How to Apply for Social Security Disability Due to Mental Health

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Gather the documents verifying your mental illness. The SSA needs proof of your diagnosed condition. You'll need a statement from your doctor or psychiatrist, psychiatric records or test results and a list of any medications you are on.

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Gather the documents to verify your income or previous income. You'll need your W-2 or federal tax return from the previous year, and a statement of any earnings for the current year.

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Determine how you want to apply. The SSA offers an online application, as well as a phone application. You can also visit your nearby Social Security office to apply in person.

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Complete the application (Form SSA-368-BK). Make sure you fill out everything carefully. Don't leave blank spaces on your application.

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Submit the application online. If you are applying over the telephone, this is done for you. If you are applying in person, simply turn in the completed application to the representative.

Tips and Warnings

  • To apply by phone, call (800) 772-1213. To apply online, go to the application page (see Resources).
  • To find a Social Security office near you, visit the "Locate an Office" page (see Resources.)
  • Disability applications normally take three to five months to process.
  • If your application is initially denied, you can appeal it with the SSA.
  • An individual can qualify for disability payments from the Social Security Administration (SSA) by having one of several conditions, including a personality disorder or an anxiety disorder. If your mental health prevents you from working, you might be eligible to receive disability benefits.