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Law & Psychology Review


This Article examines the administrative processes and judicial analytical framework that govern the adjudication of Social Security disability claims for persons suffering with mental disorders. Since the enactment of the Social Security Act as a part of President Roosevelt's "New Deal," the federal government has assumed a significant role in providing a minimum level of support for those citizens beset with unfortunate economic hardship. In 1956, the Social Security Act was expanded to provide disability benefits for those unable to attain gainful employment due to a mental or physical impairment. For the mentally disabled, demonstrating eligibility for disability benefits can be complex and challenging. This article examines the Social Security disability program and provides an intriguing analysis of the considerations given to Social Security applicants with mental disorders and the processes used to determine their eligibility for benefits available under the Social Security Act.