Do you or someone you love suffer from a mental impairment? According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in four adults in the U.S. suffer from mental illness at any given point in a year. That's over 61 million people. While many who suffer from a mental impairment are able to work, others are not.
Depression and anxiety are common illnesses in people who are applying for Social Security disability benefits. These mental illnesses can be serious enough to qualify for benefits when they prevent someone from working. For others, anxiety or depression can accompany other disabling medical conditions. Finding effective treatments for these illnesses can be challenging, as one woman’s story shows.
Suffering from depression may be just as disabling as other physical ailments. And severe depression may even lead to physical impairments, including chronic pain and muscle weakness. Although some workers in Minneapolis may be able to overcome their depression by seeking help from their doctors, others may barely be able to get out of bed each day.
Many families in Minnesota are looking forward to spending the upcoming holidays with their loved ones and close friends. The holidays are supposed to be a time for celebration and joy, but for some folks, the holidays can be unbearable.
Those who suffer from depression know how debilitating the disease can be. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes that depression can limit a person's ability to work. Those who suffer from depression and are thinking of applying for Social Security disability benefits should understand how the SSA will evaluate whether they qualify for SSDI.