Social Security Disability Benefits And Major Depressive Disorder

When Depression Keeps You Out of Work

Sometimes depression can be so severe that it keeps you out of work. This is true even if you've tried antidepressants, or therapy, or every other kind of treatment out there. It's true if you'd actually rather be working than suffering from depression. But you simply can't.

If you have been diagnosed with major depressive disorder and your doctor says you can't work anymore, it may be time to talk to Binder & Binder® about Social Security Disability benefits. We do things better and nicer for clients, which means really listening to our clients' needs and getting them the benefits they need.

About Depression and Applying for SSD or SSI

Depression is not specifically listed in the Social Security Administration's impairment listing manual, but you may still be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits if your depression is severe. To qualify for SSD or SSI benefits on the basis of depression, your medical records must document the symptoms of depression and the effect that depression has had on your life:

  • Limiting your activities of daily living
  • Making it difficult for you to function socially
  • Making it difficult for you to concentrate, do daily activities or keep up with work
  • Occurring over and over again, and getting worse, with each episode having extended duration

If you do not meet these criteria, you may still qualify for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income based on your residual functional capacity, age and education. The best way to learn about your options is to talk with an advocate at Binder & Binder®. You do not have to work with a lawyer to obtain benefits. We will help you by preparing the medical documentation and your SSD or SSI application and offer compassion and sympathy in the process.

Contact Binder & Binder®

A diagnosis of major depressive disorder is a serious thing. We understand that you already have enough to worry about. Don't spend time worrying about which forms to file and whether you might be eligible. We'll deal with the government, you have enough to worry about.

To talk with us about your eligibility for benefits because of a major depressive disorder, call us at 1-800-66-BINDER or complete our online contact form. We have locations nationwide and serve clients all over America — no matter where you live. Very few law firms can make that promise.

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