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Can I obtain disability benefits if I’ve been diagnosed with an affective disorder?


When a person experiences a disturbance of their mood that is accompanied by a full or partial manic or depressive episode, this may be diagnosed as an affective disorder. There are several different types of conditions that fall under the category of affective disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety. The Social Security Administration, however, categorizes anxiety disorders and affective disorders separately in its listing of impairments. As a result, people with anxiety disorders may apply for benefits under that listing while people with depression or bipolar disorder are more likely to apply under the listing for affective disorders.

Qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits When You Are Diagnosed With Affective Disorder

If you were diagnosed with an affective disorder, you may qualify for much needed disability benefits. To do so, your medical records must show some of the following relating to your condition:

  1. It is difficult to carry out daily activities.
  2. It is difficult to function socially.
  3. It is difficult to concentrate, be persistent, or pace yourself.
  4. You are experiencing repeated occurrences of the condition and each time it is getting worse and lasting for a longer period of time.
  5. You are experiencing a loss of interest in nearly all of your activities.
  6. It is difficult to experience pleasure.
  7. You are experiencing significant changes in your eating habits and weight.
  8. You are suffering from sleep disturbances.
  9. You are feeling agitated.
  10. You are experiencing decreased energy levels.
  11. You feel guilty or worthless.
  12. You are experiencing suicidal thoughts.
  13. It is difficult to think or concentrate.
  14. You are suffering from hallucinations, delusions, or paranoia.

Obtaining these benefits is critical for many people suffering from an affective disorder, because they can provide the financial relief necessary to allow sufferers to focus on their health and recovery rather than worrying about finances. We are here to help you through this process. We encourage you to contact us today for a free consultation at 888-904-6847.

John L. Keefe
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