April 20, 2014

Depression and Social Security Disability

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Depression and Social Security Disability

Many people are aware of the fact that Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits are usually awarded to those individuals that are deemed physically unable to work and perform other normal daily tasks. However, benefits are awarded based on proof of the existence of mental conditions and disorders as well, one of which is Depression. Obviously, the burden of proof falls in the lap of the person who is suffering with the condition or disorder, which ultimately prevents them from working at all.

Depression has been characterized by a number of emotional conditions including feeling blue or down in the dumps, being miserable or unhappy, or simply feeling sad. Crying for no apparent reason and wanting to just sleep all the time are other aspects of the disorder. At some point in time, all individuals have occasionally experienced these feelings. The difference is that the person suffering with depression feels them on a regular basis and also feels like they are spinning out of control. Additionally, depression not only affects the suffering individual, but impacts the lives of those individuals around them.

When it has been determined that a person is suffering from true clinical depression, the diagnosis typically results from the individual’s continual feelings of anger, fatigue, frustration, loss, or sadness. In any case, this negatively impairs their ability to function normally and perform even the simplest of everyday tasks, including working and earning a living. Should this be the case where you are concerned, you may be eligible to receive SSDI benefits based on proving your inability to perform your job normally.

Psychological exams or psychiatric screenings usually classify three forms of depression as either being mild, moderate, or severe. Experiencing lowered self-esteem is also common when depression exists as well as sudden angry outbursts or not finding pleasure in those things that normally make us happy – including sexual activity. Regardless, what matters the most to a Social Security Disability court judge, is you proving that you are unable to work. It is not the level or severity of your depression that the decision to award or deny SSDI benefits will be based on.

You should also know that any underlying mental or physical health condition is only going to be important if it prevents you from engaging in standard employment or working an 8 hour a day job, 5 days per week. Remember that depression not only impacts your life but the lives of those you are in contact with on a daily or regular basis. In most cases, this translates to the ones you live with, spend regular time with, and/or work with.