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Can You Get Disability Benefits for Depression

Published: 2011-02-18 - Updated: 2015-11-18
Author: Disability Group, Inc.
Peer-Reviewed Publication: N/A
Additional References: Library of Psychological Disorders Publications

Synopsis: When filing for Disability benefits for Major Depression you must understand what information the Social Security Administration considers.

About 19 million Americans live with major Depression. Major depression can be debilitating and require medication, therapy, and treatment.

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About 19 million Americans live with major Depression. Major depression can be debilitating and require medication, therapy, and treatment.

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For many, depression affects the ability to function and prevents people from holding a steady job. When filing for Disability benefits for Major Depression, you must understand what information the Social Security Administration considers. (For more detailed information visit: www.ssa.gov)

What Social Security is looking for

Depression Must be Severe: Unlike physical impairments that can be proven with blood tests and x-rays, mental impairments are largely based on patient's complaints to mental health doctors. To prove depression, one should:

Lack of treatment suggests that the person is able to manage the depression and that it is not severe. Do not contribute to impairment by avoiding care.

Records Must Show Symptoms:

Records must be consistent and show that 4 of the following symptoms have continued to exist despite treatment:

Symptoms Must Persist At Least 12 Months: Valid claims for depression must show symptoms have lasted or will last at least 12 months

Impact:

The effect that depression has on a person's ability to function is crucial! Applicants must show that the depression is affecting daily function and that they are not contributing to the disability.

Proving disability with mental impairments is often more difficult than physical disabilities. Consult an attorney for more information.

About Disability Group, Inc:

Disability Group, Incorporated is a national law firm representing disabled clients in obtaining benefits under U.S. Social Security Laws. Disability Group, Inc. is currently the largest Social Security Disability Law Firm in the U.S., handling cases nationwide. The mission of Disability Group Inc., is to secure benefits for disabled Americans in an environment of dignity and respect. In 2009, the firm was nominated on the prestigious Inc 500 list as one of the fastest growing privately owned companies in America.

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