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Does depression count as a disability?

On Behalf of | Aug 30, 2022 | SSDI

As doctors learn more about our mental health, many of the stigmas surrounding this topic have started to shift. Unfortunately, mental health conditions can still somewhat be downplayed.

Studies show that millions of Americans have suffered from depression at some point, with many facing a severe form of depression. Are you eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) if you’re suffering from depression?

Just how debilitating is it?

Depression can impact people in numerous ways and it varies in its severity. Some people will be overcome with sadness and fatigue. Others may struggle to focus on daily tasks. There can also be physical symptoms like weight loss. Almost every case will result in the individual being able to function as they used to on a daily basis. Your eligibility for SSDI will largely depend on the severity of your symptoms and how long they have lasted.

What you need to show

Firstly, you’ll need to provide evidence that you have contributed to Social Security. You should be able to evidence this by providing your paychecks. Additionally, you’ll need to show how depression has stopped you from working for the last 12 months. The most effective way to do this is to obtain medical evidence from your doctor, which will outline your diagnosis, treatment plan and expected recovery period.

Obtaining SSDI for mental health conditions can be tricky, but it is possible. Having legal guidance on your side will give you the best chance of receiving some financial help to get through what is a difficult period in your life.