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Depression Is a Disease That Can Make Working Impossible: When You May Qualify for Social Security

You know that some people become depressed at certain times in their lives. You, however, never seem to get out of that gloom. The mental anguish, combined with the physical pain you experience, makes getting out of bed difficult, let alone going to work every day.

Medication and therapy haven’t seemed to help, and your bills are starting to pile up. Your work history makes employers hesitant to hire you and when you finally land a job, it’s only a matter of weeks before you are let go again.

What Can You Do?

Social Security disability insurance is available to those who qualify; if you are depressed, you may be eligible to collect disability benefits from the Social Security program. In order to receive the benefits under the impairment listing for depression, you’ll need to prove you have at least four of the following symptoms:

  • Decreased energy
  • Insomnia or increased sleepiness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anorexia or increased appetite
  • Lack of physical movement
  • Lack of interest or pleasure in most activities
  • Paranoia, delusions, or hallucinations
  • Difficulty concentrating or thinking
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt

In addition, you’ll need to show Social Security that your depression also causes you significant difficulty in:

  • Social functioning
  • Focusing
  • Activities of daily living, or that you suffer from
  • Repeated and extended periods of worsening symptoms

Our Attorneys May Be Able to Help

If you’ve applied to Social Security because of your depression and were denied, or you are thinking about getting assistance for the first time, the law offices of Schmidt Kramer may be able to help. Our legal professionals have helped many folks in the Lebanon, Lancaster, and York areas receive the Social Security benefits they need in order to live their lives.

Connect with us today to speak with an experienced attorney about your situation and find out what we may be able to do for you.

If you know someone who suffers from depression, we encourage you to share this information with him or her.

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