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If You Are Depressed and Seeking Social Security, Here’s Why You Can Expect to Be Denied

Posted Jessica L. Kurtz on Oct 17, 2014 in Social Security Disability

You’ve struggled with depression your entire life, and while some days it seems manageable, other days you find it extremely difficult. Going to work every day is not something you are able to do, between the devastating thoughts and severe physical pain you experience. However, you need to make money.

You’ve considered applying for Social Security, but heard getting approval is difficult. Unfortunately, it is. Unless you have severe, disabling depression, the Social Security Administration is likely to deny your claim.

Medical Vocation Allowance

Those who are approved for benefits for depression often fall under the Medical Vocation Allowance. In fact, most people who receive disability qualify under this allowance. If you don’t meet the qualifications under the listing impairment, the Medical Vocation Allowance offers you another chance to receive benefits.

To determine if you should receive benefits under this allowance, your Social Security caseworker will consider how your depression symptoms affect your ability to perform unskilled work, which requires you to:

  • Handle changes in your routine
  • Make simple work-related decisions
  • Understand, remember, and carry out simple instructions
  • Respond appropriately to supervision and co-workers

If depression is the only impairment you have, you will likely find receiving benefits difficult. If depression is combined with another physical or mental disorder, your chances of approval increase.

Our Attorneys Can Help

The Social Security benefit system is confusing and difficult to understand. Having an attorney on your side may help you to better understand the process, which could make the experience less stressful for you.

The legal team of Schmidt Kramer has helped many people who are going through the same difficult time as you. Contact us today through our website or by giving us a call and find out how we may be able to help.

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