Whether Social Security considers you “disabled” is determined by your inability to work. The agency considers you disabled under its rules if:
Many people believe if they simply explain their situation to Social Security or bring in a doctor’s note, someone will understand and award them disability benefits. Unfortunately, that’s not the way Social Security works.
Applying for Social Security Disability benefits is a complicated legal process. You must prove you are “disabled” according to the Social Security Disability Program (SSDP) legal definition.