In this decade, depression happens to be one of the most common disorders which are found across all age groups.
The two most common forms of depression that have been measured are Dysthymia and acute depression. Other serious depressive disorders are among others have also been measured. The common outcomes of this disorder are gloominess, despair, and a stern feeling of futility.
From the aforesaid set of emotions, a person seems to tire out sooner. There are also increased levels of lethargy and a lack of interest to do anything.
The disorder of lack of interest to do things, in the medical terms is called Anhedonia. For example, you might have been an excellent presenter in the sales team. But all of a sudden, you have lost your zeal just because your motivation level has decreased. This can be a symptom of Anhedonia.
Is Depression a Disability?
The answer is both a “Yes” and a “No” depending on the degree of distress it causes to a person. The root cause of all depression-related disorder is generally an event which is of much emotional importance to the person. It can be because of death, separation, or something else.
A person can be sidelined from all forms of professional and personal work due to acute depression disorders. Hence, depression and disability can be inter-linked.
Though in most cases, depression is a short timed one, wherein the feeling subsides within a week or so. But there are other chronic cases wherein it gets difficult for the individual to overcome their depression. Such cases are referred to as clinical depression.
Clinical depression doesn’t allow an individual to cope with their day to day activities. It has a significant impact on the motivation factor. The effects can be seen in both professional and personal life. The person doesn’t work as he or she was doing earlier, and there is a visible change in behavior.
Multiple cases of clinical depression were because of genetic factors, environmental factors, and other biological factors.
Can You Get Disability for Depression?
Yes, it is possible if you are suffering from severe disability issues due to depression.
There are strict medical guidelines that are checked, and after that, the decision is made by a legal panel. It is always advisable to hire a Social Security Disability lawyer who specializes in relevant disability cases.
Once you hire an attorney, they will analyze your case in detail. Only then they follow the right legal approach to get your claims.
To answer the original question – Can some receive disability for depression? Well, the answer is yes.
There are certain types of depressive disorders that do qualify a person for disability. If a person is found to have one of the certain types, this would make him/her eligible to claim disability benefits. To have an understanding of the symptoms, a brief detail is given below.
Social Security refers to a list which is provided by the American Psychiatric Association. It says, there are three major types of depression which, if found in an individual one can claim SSD.
Major Depressive Disorder
This is one of the major symptoms of Clinical depression. Here, an individual exhibits hopelessness, persistent emotional emptiness, guilt feeling, fatigue, reduced sleep, a major change in appetite, suicidal tendencies, etc. The aforesaid set of symptoms should be present in the individual for more than a couple of weeks.
This is a form of mood disorder. The symptoms are quite similar to what one would observe in major depressive disorder. But the magnitude of it is a bit less. In Dysthymia, it is observed that the symptoms are visible in individuals for a prolonged period of over two years.
Bipolar disorder, or commonly known as manic depression, is characterized by specific phases of extreme depressions. For instance, extreme cases of being talkative at one stance and then completely muting oneself the very next moment.
Having high self-esteem at one once stance and then an extreme feeling of hopelessness. People tend to get involved in risky behavior while dealing with bipolar disorder. There have been many instances wherein people are involved in psychotic episodes, and hospitalization is required.
Most of the disorders can be treated with proper attention from psychiatrists and certain medications. The impact that these disorders may leave can have a lifelong impact which few may never cope with.
Disability benefits for depression are possible if a trained medical professional provides medical documents highlighting your depressive disorder.
A medical professional should mention at least 5 of the below-mentioned characteristics.
- Low-Interest level in all performing activities
- Extreme mood swings
- A sudden change in weight
- Extreme change of appetite
- Retardation in manner
- Extreme sleep patterns
- Suicidal tendencies
- Guilty feeling and feeling of worthlessness
- Lack of Concentration
You will also be entitled to claim disability benefits if you can show enough proof about your long-term disorder. The medical practitioner should highlight one of the following characteristics as an extreme limitation or two as a marked limitation. The components are related to the mental functioning of an individual.
- Social interaction
- Remembering or Understanding
- Applying information
- Maintaining pace with others
- Managing oneself
The medical professional should highlight in a document about five or more sets of characteristics. You will also need to furnish the following evidence.
A medical track record with pieces of evidence that shows what an individual has gone through-
Mental health therapy which has helped them to reduce or control the signs of depression
Marginal adjustments from a trained medical professional to adjust to the changes in your daily environment.
If you can prove that the condition which you are having is the same as mentioned in “Listing of Impairments”. Under such circumstances, you can claim for disability benefits.
What Benefits Can I Claim for Depression?
There are a few other benefits which you can claim because of depression disorders-
1. Unemployment Compensation
Under SSD, unemployment is termed as a situation wherein you are not getting employment due to disability. It can happen because of your depression disorders in the past. The employer may refuse to offer a job. Under such circumstances, you would be eligible to claim unemployment compensation.
2. Workers Compensation Benefits
You can claim the workers’ compensation benefits along with the usual SSD, but in such circumstances, the SSD benefits are reduced. When the workers’ compensation benefit would stop your SSD benefits simultaneously would go up.
3. Veterans Benefits
Often it has been found that veterans are subjected to depression-related disorders. There is a separate benefit system for veterans. This is above what you would be entitled to receive from the SSD.
How Can We Help?
Though one is legally entitled to get the benefits, it also depends on how strongly your case is represented. Owing to the complexities involved, it often gets quite tricky for an individual to prove his or her depression-related disorders.
At the Law Offices of Jason Khattar, we have the expertise in handling social security disability for depression lawsuits.
You can book a free initial consultation with us. Our efficient legal team would analyze your case in detail and thereafter would let you know the next legal steps. We would also be taking care of all the legal paperwork required in the legal process.
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