Hi Rianna, It is most difficult to obtain SSI benefits for a mental disorder. If you are seriously considering this than you need to make sure that your doctors or psychiatrist is first going to state that your disabled. Cause if they wont there's no reason to file (I have had this happen with some people). Also, there is a huge back log and it takes well over a year if you even get approved for benefits. So you have to ensure that you do have fall back funds for this whole time of being off work. Here is SSDI's list from their website on impairments so you can do some research if you like.
The biggest thing about disability is making sure that you have lots of documentation to back everything up. Good luck....
Yeah, some people really do get on disability. But you have to fight for it. Usually the norm is filing, being denied twice then you having to hire an attorney to file an appeal. Then that court date is 6-8 months down the road.
I dont want to discourage you just that a lot of people file and dont know what all is involved with it. I filed for SS last August when I had to quit work because of major heart problems and being diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy. With this disease I pass out often due to low blood pressure. I have also have Multiple Sclerosis since 2001 (continued to work for 5 yrs) and depression / PTSD. So I was in the hospital 4 different times with all this medical stuff going on and was still denied, twice. I am now waiting for my appeal court date. I do want to say though that sometimes you could get lucky and be one of the ones that get approved on the first try. But this is not the norm at all. I have had some of my past clients that had to wait and fight up to 2 years for disability benefits. SO, the biggest thing is think it through very carefully, make sure you have the funds to support yourself while filing and talk to your doctors about it.
I applied for SSDI for depression/anxiety and was approved and received my first check seven months later. I do believe my age (52), chronic pain condition and long work history were a factor.... but a bigger factor was that I was on Public Assistance for 3 months... and those people will push to get you off welfare and onto SSI or SSDI. I realize that I am one of the lucky ones who was accepted on the first try and in such a relatively short period of time.
I would say just apply and if denied, immediately apply again. Good luck!