Unfortunately, many Knoxville residents suffer horribly from severe depression. This condition affects a person’s relationships and family, but it can also have an effect on a sufferer’s ability to maintain employment. Many with severe depression often find it almost impossible to handle daily life tasks, much less hold down a steady job. As depression continues to be recognized as a legitimate, life-altering condition, more and more sufferers want to find out if they qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD).

As is the case with other life-changing conditions, depression patients may qualify for SSD. The benefits of receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) cannot be overstated. If approved, patients are typically better able to support themselves and to acquire quality treatment for their condition. However, it may be more challenging to receive a benefits award for mental conditions like depression.

A major hinge point in filing a successful claim is showing that your condition has left you incapable of working. Because depression is largely an “invisible” disorder, having a documented history of your efforts to find treatment can help you prove that you cannot work. Since most depression patients receive ongoing treatment, it may be easy to meet the documentation requirements.

Acceptable documentation sources that can show the Social Security Administration (SSA) a timeline of your condition include hospitals, licensed or certified psychologists, licensed psychiatrists and licensed physicians. In other words, records from licensed or certified mental health care providers that have treated your condition in the past.

For Tennessee-based depression sufferers who find it difficult to cope with filing a SSD claim, an attorney fills a valuable role in this capacity. Consider making contact with a lawyer to learn more and do not hesitate to bring a source of personal support to lean on during your consultation.

Source: Social Security Disability Resource Center, “Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?,” accessed May 30, 2018