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Social Security Disability and depression

If a person has a physical disability that prevents him or her from being able to work, he or she is likely to be entitled to Social Security Disability (SSDI). This is also true for people that suffer from mental illnesses. The problem with mental illnesses is that it often carries a stigma where sufferers struggle to acknowledge their illness, they feel ashamed to tell people about it and furthermore, it can be more difficult to diagnose than many physical illnesses. But as a sufferer of a mental illness such as depression, it is important to remember that you are just as much entitled to help, care and support as any other sufferer of an illness.

Depression carries many symptoms, including the feeling of hopelessness, low energy and problems with sleep, whether it's insomnia or excessive sleeping. Depression is diagnosed by a doctor, and he or she will look at any other conditions that may be causing your symptoms, as well as the severity and persistence of the symptoms that you are experiencing.

Once you have been diagnosed with depression, you will be able to file for SSDI if your condition is limiting your ability to work. If your daily life is affected, as well as your ability to concentrate, and the condition is extended, you are likely to be able to file.

There are many complex requirements that must be fulfilled in order for a sufferer of depression to be able to successfully claim SSDI benefits. It is important to conduct research and fill in the application form very carefully so that you have a fair chance of receiving the benefits that you deserve.

Source: Disability benefits help, "Depression and social security disability," accessed Oct. 12, 2017

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