Could You Use Financial Assistance as You Deal with Depression?

    You may wonder: Is depression a health condition that qualifies for income assistance from Social Security Disability benefits?

    Millions of people have depression at any given time. How does Social Security decide if your particular case warrants financial help? How seriously do they even take mental health issues like anxiety and depression?

    If it leaves you unable to work, depression can in fact make you eligible for monthly disability payments and Medicare or Medicaid health care coverage. In turn, these benefits provide a foundation for improving your well-being.

    It’s a tough process, though. It can be overwhelming. You can’t just sign up for disability benefits. First, you must prove you can’t work.

    An experienced Social Security Disability lawyer works as your guide, and your source of support, in this process. And you don’t pay this kind of lawyer unless you win benefits.
    Work with someone who will listen to you and provide kind and respectful attention to your claim.

    Disability lawyer Tim Geary of Geary Disability Law has helped thousands of people with their disability benefits in Green Bay , Appleton , the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.

    When someone capable is taking care of the Social Security Disability process on your behalf, it means reassurance and relief for you.

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    Types & Symptoms of Depression You Can Include in Your Disability Claim

    CA challenge of applying for disability benefits with depression is that the condition has so many variations and levels of severity. For some people, it comes and goes. Some people with depression can continue working.

    Everyone experiences depression at one time or another. But if you have severe depression, you know that it’s different. It changes your life in ways other people don’t understand.

    If you can show Social Security the ways that your case is severe, you could receive benefits.

    Tell them if you have any of these or other depression-related conditions:

    • Major depressive disorder (clinical depression)
    • Persistent depressive disorder (chronic depression)
    • Bipolar I disorder (alternating manic and depressive periods)
    • Bipolar II disorder (depressive cycles with milder manic cycles)
    • Other mood disorders (example: cyclothymic disorder)

    And whatever type of depression you have, tell them you have problems with these kinds of feelings and daily functions:

    • Eating
    • Energy level
    • Worthless feelings
    • Focusing
    • Guilt
    • Low interest in activities
    • Mood
    • Sleeping
    • Weight
    • Suicidal thoughts
    • Interaction with other people
    • Understanding and use of information
    • Behavior control

    A strong disability claim with depression should include any other conditions that you have, too, both physical and mental. People seeking disability benefits often have complicated medical situations, with depression playing a part.

    A Social Security Disability lawyer knows how to tell your story to make it clear why you should be awarded benefits.

    You can find out more about your options in an initial consultation with our Wisconsin disability law firm. You don’t have to make any commitments or pay anything to have this conversation about your needs and your future.

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    How to Prove for Social Security Disability that You Can’t Work Because of Depression

    Nobody else knows what it’s like for you to have depression. But you have to get across to Social Security not just your experience, but outside confirmation that your case is severe enough to rule out working.

    Records and evidence from health care providers—people other than you—will be the basis for your Social Security Disability case.

    With Social Security Disability for depression, you may use these kinds of evidence:

    • A written diagnosis
    • Reports from mental health exams
    • Psychological testing
    • Results from physical exams
    • Imaging, such as MRIs
    • Laboratory tests
    • Description of medications you take
    • Description of side effects of medications
    • Your psychological history, summarized by a professional
    • Documents showing a two-year record of therapy
    • Details of structured settings or other supports you’ve had
    • Written accounts of your depression from people in your personal, school or work life
    • Reports detailing how you continue to struggle with depression after treatment and supports

    Putting this together is a lot of work. Even so, Social Security still denies most people when they first apply for benefits.

    A disability attorney who deals with this process every day can take the weight of applying for disability benefits off of you.

    At Geary Disability Law, we know what documentation you need and how to get it. We help you fill out all the forms. We handle the legwork and details. Even more, we make sure that as you go through this, you are not alone.

    You deserve help, and a chance at a more secure future.

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    Social Security Disability FAQs

    It’s only natural for you to have many questions when your life has been disrupted by health problems and you need financial assistance. Get started on your path forward with our answers to some of the questions we hear most often:


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