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Denied Application for Qualifying Symptoms: Why Depression Should Qualify You for Disability

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Millions of people across the United States suffer from debilitating mental disorders. These disorders can make it difficult to function in daily life—often making it impossible to work. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, mental disorders make up nearly 20 percent of the disabilities in the United States. Within this 20 percent, depression and anxiety disorders are the main afflictions, representing 46 percent of all disabling mental disorders.

Knowing the rates, you or a loved one has a good chance of suffering, perhaps without even realizing it. So how would you know if your depression is severe enough to qualify for disability?

Depression and Anxiety Symptoms That Viably Cause Disability

The Social Security Administration (SSA) clearly considers depression a viable mental disorder that, if severe enough, is eligible for disability benefits. However, the severity of your symptoms must make it difficult or even impossible for you to consistently work for a livable wage. Depression symptoms that can factor into disability severity include:

  • Deep feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. When you begin to feel that nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation, you lose the physical ambition to work. As a result, your duties are either not accomplished or are done poorly, causing you to be unable to keep a steady job.
  • Loss of interest, energy, and concentration. When you fail to have interest in anything, your job suffers. Much like feelings of hopelessness, lost interest will affect your concentration, while loss of energy can make even the smallest task seem exhausting, thus putting your job prospects at risk.
  • Appetite or weight changes. A rapid change of more than five percent of your body weight can cause severe physical health issues. Losing weight (as a result of stress) can result in malnutrition and weakness, while weight gain can put pressure on your bones and muscles, as well as cause breathing issues and heart problems. These physical issues can severely limit your ability to work properly.
  • Sleep changes. Insomnia or oversleeping (also known as hypersomnia), can drastically affect your mood, as well as cause you to be unreliable for work shifts. If you do manage to make it to work on time, your work has a good chance of suffering.
  • Anger or irritability. When you are feeling agitated and restless, your tolerance level is affected. As a result, your temper can shorten, and everything and everyone can get on your nerves—in some cases, even violently so. Obviously, you shouldn’t be forced to put yourself or others in danger by working with the public.
  • Reckless behavior. Engaging in reckless behavior such as substance abuse, reckless driving, or dangerous activities puts your health at risk, but if you do these things at work, you could wind up putting others in danger.
  • Unexplained aches and pains. An increase in headaches, back pain, aching muscles, and stomach pains can be harmful; it can also cause you to physically be unable to perform your job.

If you experience any of these symptoms, make sure you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Depression is a serious illness that requires treatment. Don’t risk your health, get diagnosed so you can get the help you need.

Making Sure Your Symptoms Are Taken Seriously

Although the SSA acknowledges that depression is a disabling disorder that should qualify for disability benefits, not all depression claims are approved. If your claim has been denied, or you feel that it could be denied, call us today. Our extensive knowledge and experience with the SSA can not only help you file a proper and complete claim, but we can also help ensure that that claim is properly handled and investigated.

Many claims slip through the necessary channels and are automatically denied. However, we’ll make sure that your claim receives the attention it deserves for the decision you deserve. Call now for a free consultation.


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John L. Keefe
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