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Depression as the grounds for a disability benefits claim

On Behalf of | Oct 3, 2019 | Social Security Disability

Depression is a serious mental illness that afflicts millions of people across the country. Right here in Michigan, many residents suffer under the weight of mental illnesses and struggle to make ends meet as they fight their depression and look for ways to improve their quality of life. Not everyone is able to function while suffering from depression, and those whose depression is disabling may qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.

Qualifying for disability benefits requires significant medical documentation and proof. A person must be able to show that they suffer from multiple symptoms of depression, such as decreased energy, suicidal thoughts, problems sleeping, depressed mood, and feelings of worthlessness. This list is not exhaustive of all possible symptoms of depression. Additionally they must be able to show that their depression prevents them from using information, working with others, changing their behaviors to fit into new situations, and maintaining their concentration.

If a person has medical evidence of their disabling depression and wishes to apply for Social Security disability benefits, they may wish to talk to an attorney about their options. The application process can be complicated and time consuming. Many individuals benefit from seeking independent legal support.

Not everyone with depression has the ability to find and hold down employment. For some, depression is a controlling element that prevents them from fully living their lives. While this post does not offer medical or legal advice, it does encouraged individuals who suffer from mental illnesses like depression to talk to lawyers about their options for securing financial help when their conditions keep them from working.