SSDI Benefits and Depression

Depression is one of the main causes of disability for those dealing with non-fatal illnesses in the United States.  Although depression comes in various forms, it is nonetheless a serious medical condition that causes persistent sadness, feelings of hopelessness and in certain severe cases, suicidal ideations.  In addition to these emotions, a person suffering from depression often deals with further complications such as a lack of energy, insomnia and fatigue.

In order to qualify for disability benefits due to depression, you must meet certain criteria set forth in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) impairment manual, also known as the “blue book”.  Or, you may be granted what is known as a medical-vocational allowance based upon the level of your depression and other factors, such as your work history, age and education level.  In other words, a medical-vocational allowance is sometimes granted to a person who suffers from a condition that is severe yet does not match a blue book disability listing.

There are many types of illnesses that are listed in the blue book which allows a person to qualify for benefits if their condition meets certain criteria.  The purpose of the blue book is to allow for people facing severe disabilities to be compensated in an efficient manner. In order to qualify for SSDI benefits on the basis of depression, your condition must be severe and involve at least four of the following symptoms:

  • A lack of interest in pleasurable activities
  • A decrease in energy
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Decreased appetite
  • Overeating
  • Insatiable feelings of
  • Difficulty concentrating or focusing
  • Problems thinking clearly
  • Lack of the ability to engage in physical activities
  • Paranoia, delusional thoughts or hallucinations
  • Suicidal ideations

In addition to the above, those facing depression must also experience difficulty in the following:

  • Engaging in activities of daily living
  • Functioning in social settings
  • Focusing, or
  • Have worsening symptoms

To illustrate, if a person is having problems concentrating on menial tasks, difficulty maintaining normal standards of hygiene or cannot function in a social setting, he or she may be eligible to collect SSDI.  Conversely, you they have had reoccurring bouts with depression for a period of two years or more, they may also be able to qualify for SSDI.

Regardless of the circumstances, if you are suffering from depression and cannot work, you may be eligible for benefits.  Don’t wait to consider your options due to fear or uncertainty about whether you qualify.  Only an experienced SSDI benefits attorney can evaluate your case and determine your legal rights and options.

At the Sanger Law Office, we provide top-tier SSDI representation        

For more information pertaining about your SSDI options on the basis of depression, give the Sanger Law Office a call now at 785-979-4353.  Ms. Sanger will take the time to evaluate your case and help you maximize your chances of getting SSDI benefits.  The Sanger Law Office is ideally located in Lawrence, KS and represents clients in both Kansas and Missouri who are facing all types of SSDI issues.