For individuals who are disabled and unable to work, there are two types of benefits that might be available through the Social Security Administration. For both of these benefits, however, it is necessary to prove that you qualify as a disabled individual under the Social Security rules and regulations. Qualifying for these benefits involves an analysis which takes into consideration the actual impairments, as well as someone’s age, education, and past work experience. It is not simply a question of having a diagnosis, but rather how severe that impairment is and how it affects an individual’s ability to perform basic work activities. To receive any disability benefits through the Social Security Administration, it is required that the individual have a life-threatening impairment or an impairment which is expected to last for at least twelve months and which effectively renders that person incapable of performing any competitive full-time employment.