Although much is still being learned about mental health conditions, it seems more and more people are being affected by depression across the United States. In its simplest form, persistent depression is basically a mental disorder marked by a depressed or low mood. Yet, depression is far more than just feeling down in the dumps. Depression can last for months or even years, and those who suffer from depression often feel hopeless and lose interest in activities they once found enjoyable. Sufferers of depression can apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits when the condition is severe enough to prevent them from working and earning a living.
Symptoms of clinical depression
Depression can be caused by a person’s genetics, environment and the ways he or she has learned to deal with stress. The major symptoms of clinical depression include sadness, lethargy, hopelessness, loss of interest in activities and people, and low self-esteem. Although depression is very serious, it is highly treatable with therapy, medication and/or lifestyle changes.
Depression is considered a disability
Luckily, the Social Security Administration classifies depression as a disability when a person’s depression is severe enough to prevent the individual from working. However, those who suffer from depression and want to apply for SSDI must provide supporting medical evidence and documentation to meet the SSA’s criteria. This may include medical exam notes and testing results.
Fortunately, those who are unable to work due to depression can receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. At first glance, the requirements to receive SSDI benefits may seem rigid and stringent. However, an experienced attorney can help applicants determine what is needed to facilitate a successful application and guide them through every step of the application and, if necessary, the appeals process.