Can you name the leading nonfatal medical condition causing disability in our country today?
The answer is depression. In all of its common forms, a mood disorder, generalized anxiety, sadness, fatigue or hopelessness comprise the mood disorder known as depression. A person with depression may suffer from many, if not all of these symptoms.
What causes depression?
Depression has many causes. It can result from a significant life situation such as death of a loved one, bankruptcy, divorce or devastating illness or job loss. For many, these situations may be overcome in time, for others, it may become what is known as a clinical depression. A major depression makes it hard to go on with the business of living.
How do I obtain disability benefits for depression?
You must qualify for these benefits by meeting special criteria found in Social Security’s impairment listings. Social security will take into consideration your education level, work history and age. They will consider the severity of your depression as it correlates to other factors. Social Security has a list of symptoms to qualify for disability that must be met. You will need to exhibit at least 4 of these symptoms to qualify, showing that you have severe depression.
- Lack of interest
- Decreased energy
- Insomnia or oversleeping
- Poor appetite or over eating
- Difficulty thinking or concentrating
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Paranoia, hallucinations or delusions
- Suicidal thoughts
You must also be found to have serious difficulty in:
- Social functioning
- Activities of daily living
- Extended periods of worsening symptoms
Another important factor is that if you have experienced recurrent periods of depression for a minimum of 2 years. You may qualify for disability even if you improve with medication or support, but find that your recovery is short term and you have experienced a setback if you alter your routine or work schedule.
Be sure to have your psychologist or psychiatrist, track your symptoms.
How do most people qualify for disability related to depression?
There is something called a medical-vocational allowance. Social Security looks at your depressive condition and symptoms and notes your ability to do unskilled work.
- The ability to make work-related decisions
- Respond appropriately to supervisors and co-workers
- Handle changes in routine
- Understand, remember, and carry out simple instructions.
You may want to hire a social security lawyer to help you when depression is the only impairment you have listed. You must have severe disabling depression, unless you have another physical disability, to receive benefits. Remember, if you’ve been denied benefits, you may possibly win on appeal. It is important to take note that applicants who appear at their appeal hearing represented by an attorney have a better approval rate than those folks who represent themselves. Depression is a devastating illness. Many people endure the difficulties of this mood disorder for years before seeking treatment or filing for disability. Our social security lawyers can help you get the benefits you may deserve.
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