Individuals who have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and are unable to work due to their mental impairment may qualify for disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes depression and related conditions as a disability and therefore may approve applicants that meet their requirements.
Only about 30% of all initial applications are approved by the Social Security Administration (SSA) but claimants can appeal the decision. Chances of approval greatly improve with the legal support of a disability attorney. They will ensure proper medical evidence is included and will walk you through all the steps of the process.
Social Security Disability for Depression
The SSA Blue Book recognizes many types of mental disorders as disabilities, including depression, bipolar, and related disorders. The requirements for approval include a confirmed medical diagnosis and thorough documentation showing a history of symptoms and treatments for the disability claimed.
Successful applicants also include medical documentation demonstrating their diagnosis is “serious and persistent” and lasting at least two years. The SSA will also consider claims showing severe social or work limitations due to the diagnosed mental health condition. Lastly, the need for continued treatment must be proven due to the lack of ability to adapt on their own.
How to Win a Disability Hearing for Depression
One way to appeal a denied claim is to appear before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), who will review the evidence presented and interview the applicant. Having an attorney’s assistance with this step can be extremely helpful.
Successful hearings are dependent on the disability claimant being informed and well-prepared. It’s recommended that applicants become thoroughly familiar with the requirements for their specific diagnosed disability and be able to discuss their case in those terms.
It’s crucial to be honest about all limitations and the ability to continue treatments as prescribed by the mental health professional. When claimants are unwilling to adhere to treatments the ALJ very well may decide program requirements are not met.
Having the support of a Social Security disability lawyer will help immensely. They will prepare you for all steps throughout the application and appeal process, leading up to the ALJ and beyond. Claimants who work with disability lawyers are three times more likely to obtain approval for benefits.
Throughout the claim process, it’s imperative for claimants to continue prescribed medications and treatments, and be forthcoming with information.
If you are in need of a Social Security disability attorney, please contact Collins Price for a free consultation. We will walk you through each step of the process from beginning to end and address all your questions and concerns.