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Depression? – Should You Apply For Disability?

Depression is a common mental ailment that most people suffer at some time during their lives.  Most depression is situational, which means it comes about because of a traumatic or stressful event.  For example, if you spouse passes away, you may experience symptoms such as sadness, memory loss, inability to sleep, irritability, crying spells, and feelings of hopelessness.  These are all symptoms of depression and are a normal response to the death of a spouse.  With time, these symptoms abate for most people, and they are able to return to their normal emotional state. It is when the symptoms of depression becomes a chronic, daily occurrence that interferes with the ability to perform activities of daily living, such as working, going to the store, and interacting with family and friends, that it becomes known as Major Depressive Disorder.

In order to be found disabled by the Social Security Administration for Depression, a person must be incapable of working due to the severity of the depressive symptoms.  For example, everyone experiences the inability to sleep a few times a year, but if you cannot sleep night after night and you pace the house worrying about things you cannot control, that could be a symptom of severe depression or anxiety. The SSA has divided Depression into two elements, the first element lists symptoms of depression.  The second element requires the severity of the symptoms to prevent you from working.  In order to be found disabling, depression must interfere with activities of daily living, with the ability to persist and finish tasks,  with the ability to concentrate and persist and interfere with the ability to socialize with others.  Millions of people have symptoms of depression, but they still go to work.  If you have depressive symptoms and you are not able to work because you are avoiding others, failing to keep appointments, take care of yourself, and are unable to eat or sleep – you may qualify for disability benefits.  Disability benefits also come with Medicare or Medicaid, which should provide you with the health insurance you need to seek treatment.  Call our office at 1-801-322-2121 or contact Cannon Disability Law at www.cannondisability.com and ask us now whether or not you are eligible to apply for disability benefits.

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