Many people suffer from depression across the US. According to the WHO, about 3.3 million American adults suffer from clinical depression. Those diagnosed with depression have difficulties engaging in day to day activities and finding the motivation to work. People who have clinical depression oftentimes cannot leave their homes. People who are diagnosed with clinical depression often have to take prescription drugs, and regularly see a therapist or a clinical psychologist
Depression stems from many factors such as genetic, biological, and environmental. Genetically, if someone from your family suffers from depression, you have a greater chance of being diagnosed with depression.
Depression can also affect people's behavior. They may have problems sleeping and eating. People who have depression may be able to get Social Security disability. However, some qualifications have to be met to get disability. People have to be able to prove that they have been unable to work for at least year because of their depression.
The person also has to be able to prove that their depression is not controlled despite the fact that they take antidepressants. Additionally, people have to be able to show that they cannot work even if their environment changed. In some cases, people with depression may be able to work if small changes in the atmosphere get made.
The Social Security Administration looks at depression differently than other illnesses. It is easy to spot the signs of a physical disability such as a lost leg or blindness. Depression may not have any physical symptoms. That is why it can be difficult to convince the Social Security Administration that you need disability if you have depression. If you are struggling with depression and need help getting disability, then you will need to contact an attorney.
Keep in mind that if your disability claim gets denied, you can file an appeal. If you attend an appeal hearing with an attorney to represent you, you will be more likely to get approved the second time. The Social Security experts at Michigan Legal Center are here to fight for your benefits. Contact us for a free case evaluation and we’ll help you figure out the next steps to take.