Social Security is a program that you pay for when you work and pay Social Security FICA taxes. This is something that you pay for and that you can use if you are in this terrible situation where you cannot work and you need to make an application for Social Security Disability Benefits.
A diagnosis alone does not make you eligible for social security disability. The diagnosed condition must affect you in a way that you have problems functioning on a day to day basis. And therefore you would have trouble working because of your illness.
If you have a severe mental disability, day to day life can often be frustrating and overwhelming. Everyday tasks that others take for granted such as getting out of bed or interacting with people at the store can be too much to handle. Often times you might not be able to support yourself financially. Luckily our government has a Social Security Disability program designed to assist individuals who are unable to work due to physical or mental limitations.