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I applied for SSDI in Boston for my depression. Now I just found out that I was denied. I’m scared and worried about my future. You work with others in my position. Do you have any coping mechanisms?

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Depression is a serious condition that can take over your life. Add in the stress and fear that goes along with being denied Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) ,and you face an upward battle. To overcome depression requires that you take action, but taking action while fighting depression is not easy. It’s a struggle that others like you have faced, too. There are a few things you can do to help during this difficult time.

Coping With Depression After an SSDI Denial

As Boston Social Security lawyers, we work with many people who’ve faced this same struggle. Here are a few things that they have done to cope with the symptoms of depression during a difficult time.

  • Find someone you trust to talk to. Many people don’t understand the stress and difficulty you’re facing when applying for SSDI. During this grueling period, it is important that you seek help from someone who knows what it’s like to go through the process of applying and what it’s like to be denied. Find someone you can trust and confide in him or her how the process has made you feel. Opening up is the first step toward moving forward.
  • Limit your negative thoughts. It’s easy to get caught in the downward spiral of worrying about the “what-ifs” of the future. What if you never get benefits? What if you never get better? Thinking this way does more harm than good. When you find yourself getting overwhelmed by negative thoughts, imagine looking at a stop sign. Consider this your visual cue to stop thinking those thoughts and focus on something else instead.
  • Focus on your health. Your physical health has a direct impact on your mental health and well-being. Focus on staying physically healthy to make coping during this difficult time a little bit easier. Try to eat fresh, healthy foods, get enough sleep, and get out in the sunlight each day. Doing this will keep you feeling a little bit happier each day.


Dealing with depression is challenging, especially after being denied SSDI. Have you found any other coping mechanisms to make your depression a little bit easier to live with? Connect with us with your advice and we will try to share the best suggestions with others in a later post.

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