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For a discussion of how Social Security defines disability, see our article “What Is Disability According to Social Security Law?
” You and your physicians will need to provide documentation of any impairments that you have due to a mental illness.
Information is also needed about medications you have taken, their effectiveness, and any side effects you’ve experienced with the medication.
Mental health records often contain very private information, so it is good to know that all information gathered by Social Security is confidential and cannot be released to a third party without your written consent.
Additionally, information in your claim file, including your mental health records, will be seen only by those responsible for evaluating your claim.