How Affective Disorders Qualify For SSD Benefits

As with physical conditions, to obtain Social Security Disability Insurance/Supplemental Security Income (SSDI/SSI) benefits for a mental disorder, you must provide appropriate medical evidence of its effect on your ability to work.

It takes an experienced lawyer to successfully obtain SSDI benefits for a mental disorder. At Cutter Hall Karlock, L.L.C., we know what the Social Security Administration wants to see on the relevant applications. Drawing on more than 60 years of combined experience, we can help ensure your claim is as strong as possible.

Clinical Depression Claims

Clinical depression wears many masks. It can be episodic, as with major depressions, or chronic, as in cases of dysthymia. It is possible to have both types of depression simultaneously and to experience anxiety disorder as well. Depression is also one of the cycles in bipolar disorder.

Symptoms of depression may include feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, sadness, suicidal thoughts, fatigue, loss of interest in daily life, trouble concentrating or making decisions, weight loss or gain, insomnia and sleeping too much. In some cases, the SSA awards benefits to individuals who suffer from depression, but its bar is set quite high. You must provide evidence concerning your symptoms, as well as objective mental status examination findings, and submit statements and evidence of your residual functional capacity to work.

In such matters, our firm will make sure you have all the documentation you need before filing a claim or appealing a denial.

Anxiety Disorder And PTSD

Anxiety disorder has symptoms that include panic attacks, compulsion or obsession, irrational fear, tension, and increased heart rate and breathing. To qualify for SSDI, you must provide evidence of difficulty concentrating, periods of de-compensation or restriction of daily activities.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a specialized type of anxiety disorder. In addition to meeting anxiety disorder SSDI criteria, your medical records should describe a doctor's observation of your anxiety reaction.

PTSD can cause panic attacks, flashbacks to the trauma, fear of event recurrence, avoidant behavior, compulsive or obsessive behavior and restlessness. These symptoms can result in depression, isolation and unpredictable behavior. People with PTSD may be unable to interact socially. This may mean that they cannot function in a work setting.

As with all psychological conditions, establishing the preponderance of evidence needed to qualify for benefits is difficult. Our team of experienced and knowledgeable lawyers can help.

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