Thousands of people across the country suffer from depression. Depression that comes with emotionally painful situations, such as the death of a loved one, may be short-lived. However, when depression becomes severe with daily symptoms that last for two weeks or longer, the condition is considered clinical depression, or major depressive disorder (MDD). Those who suffer from clinical depression or MDD may find they are unable to function effectively in their everyday life, including at work. Those who suffer from clinical depression can obtain Social Security disability benefits to help them.
How does depression qualify for SSDI?
Depression is the second most common health condition listed on SSDI applications. For those who suffer from depression and want to apply for SSDI benefits, the Social Security Administration has certain criteria they must meet, which can be found in the Social Security’s impairment listing manual. Applicants must have several of the listed symptoms to qualify for either Social Security disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits.
Applying for disability for depression
Conveniently, those who suffer from depression and want to apply for Social Security disability can file their entire claim online at the Social Security Administration’s website. Applying online is usually the quickest way to apply for SSDI benefits. However, those who are not comfortable with applying online can call the Social Security office to begin their application.
The application process can sometimes get complicated. Those who need help with an application, or have questions about SSDI benefits, may want to consider contacting an experienced legal professional. A knowledgeable attorney can help applicants obtain the disability benefits they need and deserve.