One of the most common conditions that can qualify Americans for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is depression. Some estimates show as many as half of all Social Security Disability claimants suffer from this mental disorder.
Depression is considered an affective disorder and is characterized by a disturbance of mood, as well as a full or partial manic or depressive syndrome. “Mood” refers to a prolonged emotion that colors your whole psychic life. If feelings of intense helplessness, sadness, or hopelessness last for months at a time and keep you from normal daily life, it may be a treatable medical condition.
To qualify for benefits based on depression, an individual must either meet certain disability criteria, which can be found on the Social Security Administration’s website, or be granted a medical-vocational allowance based on the severity of the depression and a number of other factors, including work history, age, other impairments, and educational level.
According to the SSA, the required level of severity for affective disorders is met when the requirements in both A and B are satisfied, or when the requirements in C are satisfied.
A. Medically documented persistence, either continuous or intermittent, of one of the following:
B. Resulting in at least two of the following:
C. Medically documented history of a chronic affective disorder of at least two years’ duration that has caused more than a minimal limitation of ability to do basic work activities, with symptoms or signs currently treated by medication or psychosocial support, and one of the following:
If you have moderate to severe depression, you know how difficult it can be to get out of bed in the morning, let alone perform well at work. Many people with depression end up losing their jobs due to their illnesses, and that means they lose the paychecks their families depend on each week.
If you need help with depression, assistance is just a phone call away. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline can be reached by calling (800) 273-8255.
If your depression is preventing you from going to work, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Speaking with a Social Security Disability lawyer will help you determine whether you qualify for compensation due to your mental health condition.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we understand the struggles you are facing if you’re suffering from depression. We can answer any questions you may have about applying for disability, and we’re here to take the stress of paperwork and meeting deadlines off of your shoulders. Give us a call to learn more about how we can help you.
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