Does Depression Qualify for Social Security Disability in Wisconsin?

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A Way to Lighten Your Burden

Getting support for your essential financial needs helps you feel less overwhelmed and better able to confront serious depression.

Social Security Disability benefits provide that support.

When you can’t work because of mental health or physical conditions, disability benefits include monthly checks so you can still cover your basic expenses. The financial relief lets you focus on your well-being and move toward better times.

You might have been denied a disability claim for depression because proving that you can’t work with a mental disorder comes with special challenges. But Social Security denies most people—with every kind of health problem—when they first apply. This doesn’t mean you couldn’t, or shouldn’t, still get benefits.

It means you’ll want to get an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer to help you appeal for the benefits you deserve.

Someone who knows the disability system, and treats you with dignity and respect, can make the appealing process easier and lighten your burden when you’re coping with depression.

At the Becker Law Office, disability law is all we do.

If you’ve been denied Social Security Disability benefits for depression in Madison, Wassau or anywhere in Wisconsin, contact us today to get your appeal started.

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How to Qualify for Social Security Disability benefits with Depression

Depression is what some people call an “invisible disability.”

A report from the Disabled World news site found 10% of people in the United States have these kinds of disabilities, which include mental health conditions, chronic pain conditions and other physical impairments that change the way you feel, but not how you look.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) officially recognizes depression as an impairment that can stop you from working and qualify you for disability benefits. The challenge is getting people in the system to see your disability, and see it as severe enough to require disability support.

Almost everyone experiences depression at some point in life. How do you convince Social Security claims examiners that your case is long-term?

Social Security provides direction. You can qualify for benefits by confirming you have at least five of these symptoms:

  • Agitated or slowed movement
  • Appetite disruptions that cause weight changes
  • Depressed mood
  • Difficulty concentrating or thinking
  • Energy declines
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Loss of interest in most activities
  • Sleep problems
  • Suicidal thoughts

On top of symptoms like those, you need to show Social security you have an “extreme” limitation in one of the following, or a “marked” difficulty in two of these areas:

  • Adapting to change and managing yourself
  • Concentrating and keeping up with tasks
  • Interacting with other people
  • Processing information

You may also need to document that your mental health disorder is persistent, which means your condition has lasted at least two years and has involved:

  • Ongoing treatment that alleviates your symptoms
  • A limited ability on your part to adapt to changes or new demands

It’s hard to get people to understand your depression. Unfortunately, Social Security officials can be no different. If they think you can function in a job and are trying to get benefits just to avoid working, they will deny you.

An experienced disability lawyer knows how to show them what your depression really means. That can include showing how your depression combines with other physical or mental impairments to leave you unable to work.

And an experienced disability attorney knows how to treat you, and your claim, with care.

At the Becker Law Office, we don’t charge you anything for an initial conversation about your situation and needs.

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How Do I Prove My Depression Symptoms for Social Security Disability?

It’s one thing to say that you experience symptoms like the ones listed above; it’s another thing to get Social Security to believe it.

No matter what kind of disability claim you have, providing medical evidence is always crucial.

With depression, that evidence includes records of doctor visits and reports from doctors, psychotherapists and psychiatrists. It includes descriptions of prescriptions you’ve taken and other treatments you’ve undergone.

And it includes statements from people who personally know you about the way depression impacts your daily life.

You don’t have to track down all of this information yourself, especially when it’s hard to focus because of depression.

Let the legal team at the Becker Law Office handle the legwork, so you can rest knowing that someone well qualified is looking out for you—and that there is hope for you to get help living a fuller, healthier life.

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