Richard A. Gutstadt, P.C.
Northern California SSI & SSDI Appeals

Oakland Social Security Disability Law Blog

Mental Impairments and Social Security Disability

     A severe mental disorder can affect an individual's ability to work in many ways. However, having a definitive diagnosis of a mental disorder is not automatically grounds for receiving Social Security Disability benefits. As with all claims for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA), the burden of proving disability is on the applicant, and proof requires strong objective and/or clinical medical evidence.

Proving Disability: The 5 Step Sequential Evaluation Process

As you may have heard or read in the news lately, getting Social Security Disability benefits can be a long and arduous process - and the burden of proof is on the applicant. To evaluate and make a determination of disability, the Social Security Administration uses a "5 Step Sequential Evaluation Process". Although the 5 step process may look simple at first glance, there can be enormous complexity at each step of the evaluation.