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How do I prove that I am disabled?

In order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, one must first prove that you have a disabling condition that prohibits you from maintaining gainful employment, and that the condition is expected to last at least a year or end in death. There are several ways to prove that you are disabled, although it is not always easy.

One must first collect their medical history. This includes documentation from their disability onset date, meaning the time when they first become disabled and were unable to work. In order to prove that you have a severe condition that is preventing you from work, you may want to provide documentation from not only your regular physician, but also from specialists.

There are several conditions listed in the Social Security Administration's Blue Book which may automatically qualify, depending on the severity of the illness, injury or mental condition. Regardless if your condition is on the list or not, you will still need to provide proof that your condition is severe enough that you are unable to work.

It is not always easy to prove that you are disabled, especially if you are suffering from a mental illness. Unlike most injuries and many illnesses, there is often less tangible evidence to prove a mental condition. While an x-ray or MRI could show evidence of damage or disease to one's body, there are limited ways to show psychological disorders such as schizophrenia or depression. Furthermore, it is not uncommon for these disabilities to come and go, often without warning and on an inconsistent basis. This does not mean, however, that mental conditions are any less severe or debilitating.

Source: Findlaw, "How to Prove Disability," Accessed on July 24, 2017

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