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Q: My depression makes it impossible to work, but Social Security won’t approve me for benefits. What can I do?

You struggle with suicidal thoughts and feelings of worthlessness on a daily basis as part of your depression. You’re on medication and see a therapist regularly, but you just can’t seem to manage this disease.

Your disorder makes working impossible. You aren’t able to handle changes in routine well, and you just can’t seem to get along with any of your coworkers. You’ve applied for Social Security disability benefits, but were turned down.

Now you are out of a job and have no way of getting any income.

What Should You Do?

If depression is the only disorder from which you suffer, you’ll likely have trouble getting approved for Social Security. When you are denied, here’s what to do:

  • Hire a lawyer. Attempting to fight the Social Security Administration on your own is often a losing battle. An experienced attorney who is well-versed in the aspects of Social Security will know what angle to use when trying to help you receive benefits. For instance, he may rely heavily on the limitations of your residual functional capacity and show that you are unable to perform a job because of this.
  • File an appeal. With a lawyer’s help, you can appeal your denial. Again, having an attorney on your side will allow you to explore other options in the application process you may not have even known about. By using a different route to show how your depression prevents you from working, you may receive approval this time.

Schmidt Kramer Can Help

At Schmidt Kramer, we understand how disappointing and frustrating it is when you are denied the Social Security benefits you believe you deserve. Instead of getting mad, hire an attorney. Doing so will likely provide a better outcome.

Contact us today through our website chat feature, our online form, or by giving us a call at (717) 888-8888. Speak to one of our experienced attorneys about your situation and find out if we can help.