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Depression may be considered a disabling condition

On Behalf of | May 23, 2019 | Social Security Disability Benefits for Mental Conditions

From day to day, a Houston resident may experience a range of strong and sometimes controlling emotions. When something goes wrong at work, they may focus on their worry and concern over making things right. When their child reaches a milestone or attains a new skill, they may ride a wave of happiness and relief. For most people, emotions are something that come and go and that do not possess them to the point of missing out on life.

However, for individuals who suffer from depression, emotions may not be so transitory. While different people suffer from different forms of depressive conditions, depression can be disabling. Past posts on this Social Security disability benefits blog have discussed what constitutes a disability under the benefits program, and depression that is long-lasting and pervasive may meet this standard.

For example, if a person suffers from depression they may suffer from a reduction in energy. Their physical condition may be affected, and they may not have the focus or capacity to remain engaged in work so that they can hold down a job. Based on a person’s medical diagnoses, lab reports, doctors’ notes and other medical evidence, their claim for disability benefits based on depression may be approved.

Like physical conditions, mental conditions such as depression can serve as the basis for a disability benefits claim. These claims can be very complex and may involve the production and presentation of significant medical evidence. It can benefit individuals who wish to apply for disability benefits based on mental conditions to speak with disability benefits attorneys when preparing their claims.