You may think that only physical health conditions qualify you for Social Security disability benefits. However, this is just not true. If you have a mental health condition like depression that is preventing you from working, then you could potentially receive a monthly check that will help you out.
What you’ll need to do is prove you have depression and that it’s gotten so bad that you can no longer work.
Showing You Have Depression Symptoms
To qualify for SSDI, you need to be out of work for at least 12 months and unable to switch to another line of work. You also need to show that you have symptoms of depression, including the following:
- Depressed mood
- Loss of interest in most activities
- Significant changes in your appetite and weight
- Sleeping issues
- Movements that are either lethargic or agitated and are noticeable to others
- Loss of energy
- Feeling guilty or worthless
- Problems with concentration
- Suicidal thoughts
You also need to meet at least one of the two criteria:
- Experiencing problems with comprehending information, interacting with other people, maintaining attention, or caring for yourself (in at least two of these areas).
- Your specific case of depression is considered serious and persistent enough and documentation shows that a condition lasting more than two years with corresponding treatment attempts. Routine and adapting to change remains difficult.
Along with providing the symptoms you’re experiencing, you will need to show medical proof in the form of:
- Medical records
- Statements from a psychologist
- Testimonies from people who are familiar with you and your condition
With the help of an SSDI lawyer, you can fill out the application for benefits and have a greater chance of receiving what you deserve during this difficult time.
Working With Schott Law
If you need help applying for SSDI benefits, Schott Law is here for you. Maggie Schott is an SSDI & SSI lawyer serving Washington and Idaho. Contact us now at (509) 328-5789 to start your application.