Is Depression a Disability?

Is Depression a Disability?

When you think of disability, you probably think of physical impairments that you can see on the outside. There are some disabilities that are not able to be seen with the naked eye. One of those is depression. The SSI or SSDI benefits that you may be pursuing do recognize depression as a disability and for some can result in getting the benefits that they need to move forward. Take a look at what depression is and what it has to be classified as to be covered under the act.

What Causes Depression?

Many factors come into play when it is concerning depression. Some may suffer from a mild form of depression when they experience problems with their job, spouse, or other extenuating factors. It can also be a genetic condition that comes on and is seen in a variety of your family members. Here is a list of common causes of depression:

  • Serious Illness
  • Medication
  • Abuse
  • Genetics
  • Traumatic Events / Loss
  • Substance Abuse

Depending on the circumstance, depression is treatable when you reach out to your doctor and seek help. If you feel this you have chronic or major depression, it is important to seek professional help for your health and for disability benefits. Learn more below.

What Classifies Depression as a Disability?

If you suffer from disabling depression and it is not allowing you to work at all, you may qualify for disability benefits. To be considered for benefits with depression, there are a few criteria you must meet. There must be documentation showing that things that once were joyful activities are no longer fun or pleasurable. For example, if you find no joy in activities with your family this could be a problem. Other symptoms that need to be documented are a decrease in energy, any suicidal thoughts, paranoia, delusions, feeling of worthlessness, lack of physical movement, difficulty concentrating or thinking, poor appetite or overeating, and insomnia or oversleeping.

To be considered for your benefits these things have to interfere with your everyday life, social activities and how you focus. If you find you’re suffering from depression and need assistance with your benefits, give our office a call. We can help you get the help you deserve.