Being afflicted with a mental health condition like depression can make it challenging to work at a job. Unfortunately, many sufferers of depression end up having to resign from their jobs because of depression. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claimants that can show they are afflicted with depression and that it is severe enough to stop them from working may be eligible for benefits. However, it is not easy to be approved for SSDI benefits no matter what type of condition you have. To help you prepare for the application and for what to do when you are turned down for benefits, read on.
Applying for SSDI
The below steps may help you get the SSDI benefits you need and deserve.
Obtain a medical diagnosis: It is important to obtain a medical diagnosis of depression from a qualified healthcare professional. This can include a psychiatrist, psychologist, or primary care physician.
Document the severity of your depression: Document how your depression affects your ability to perform daily activities, work, and interact with others. This can include documentation of any hospitalizations, medication usage, therapy sessions, or other treatments.
Gather medical records: It is important to obtain and provide all relevant medical records to the Social Security Administration (SSA). This includes medical records from all healthcare providers involved in the treatment of depression, as well as any other relevant medical conditions.
Apply for SSDI benefits: You can apply for SSDI benefits by completing an application on the SSA website or by visiting a local SSA office. You will need to provide information about their medical condition, work history, and other relevant information. However, you can also speak to a Social Security lawyer about your application. This type of lawyer understands how to submit an application to the SSA that is complete, and accurate, and provides the SSA with the information they require to evaluate your case.
Follow up with the SSA: It is important to follow up with the SSA regarding the status of the application and to provide any additional information or documentation as needed.
Dealing with a Denial
Many are denied benefits but are entitled to an appeal hearing. Speak to a Social Security lawyer for help in providing the SSA hearing officer with the needed facts about your illness at the appeal hearing. With the right documentation and assistance, you may be able to obtain the benefits you need to support yourself financially while you focus on your health and well-being.
For more information, contact a local Social Security Disability attorney.