Mental health is critically important for living a productive and healthy life. Tragically, though, millions of Americans face mental health issues. While some, like depression, can often be effectively treated with medication, other mental conditions leave an individual unable to live what others consider a normal life. This can raise many challenges, but one of the most important, and basic, amongst them is how these individuals are going to make money, as oftentimes their condition leaves them unable to work.
Those suffering from schizophrenia, paranoia and psychotic disorders, for example, may be unable to obtain and hold a job. Yet, these individuals still have financial needs. They likely have medical expenses and every day costs, such as rent, utilities and groceries, which must be met. Fortunately, these individuals may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
But in order to qualify for SSD benefits, these individuals have to meet certain requirements created by the Social Security Administration. To qualify for benefits, these individuals must show that they have suffered from the appearance of psychotic characteristic that has deteriorated their level of functioning. To show that there condition is severe enough to qualify them for benefits, these individuals must provide medical documentation showing the conditions persistence and that the conditions have resulted in difficulties maintaining social functioning, performing daily duties or concentrating.
Alternatively, these individuals can show that they have a psychotic disorder that has been in existence for two years or more. Under this route, the sufferer must also show that the mental condition has affected their ability to function. This may be shown by proof of decompensation or evidence that living outside of a supportive living environment was unsuccessful.
Source: Social Security Disability Administration, “12.00 Mental Disorders – Adult,” accessed on June 26, 2016