Let Us Help You With Social Security Benefits
Depression can be so disabling that the affliction makes it unable for you to work!
Social security disability benefits can be the only thing between financial disaster and a roof over your head. Depression is tossed around a lot , but for those that are fatigued, have no energy, sleep most of the day, have daily crying spells and can’t concentrate life can be a living hell.
Add on the worry as to how you will survive financially and the hopelessness can be almost insurmountable. How many have committed suicide because they lost all hope and the pain of living seemed too great. But I’m here to tell you to hold on. For those of you clinically depressed there’s a good chance of winning social security disability benefits to ease the financial pressure.
Call Right Now For Help Getting Social Security Disability Benefits For Your Depression – 800-447-6549
You may be so hopeless, lost and tired that you can not get through three paragraphs of instructions. Do not fear. I have hope for you. Call me toll free in Ohio at 1-800-447-6549 for a free no cost no obligation consultation. In the strictest confidence after a few questions I should be able to tell if you qualify for benefits and if I think you have a good chance of winning. For those of you that would like to know more about the process and what may be necessary keep reading.
Do You Meet the Listing Requirements For Depression?
The first thing we look at is if we think you can meet the listing. If you meet all the requirement social security will not even inquire if you have the ability to work. This of course must me confirmed by a treating psychiatrist or psychologist. A family doctor may work but a specialist records and reports are much better. The listing places depression under Listing 12.04 for affective disorders.
The criteria is contained in what the social security administration calls a, b and c criteria. The a criteria relates to determining if you have depression. The b and c criteria determines what functional limitations you have. These limitations are given on a scale as none, mild, moderate, marked and extreme. Extreme is a total inability. Marked is seriously limited but not precluded. It is critical to have the psychologist put a time frame on marked such as being off task for 20% of the work day.
What is Depression?
This diagnosis guideline is taken from DSM 4. However this is not social security’s definition. It is critical that your doctor understands the social security guideline. (3)
A. At least five of the following symptoms have been present during the same 2-week period and represent a change from previous functioning: at least one of the symptoms is either 1) depressed mood or 2) loss of interest or pleasure.
1. Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, as indicated either by subjective report (e.g., feels sad or empty) or observation made by others (e.g., appears tearful)
2. Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day, nearly every day (as indicated either by subjective account or observation made by others)
3. Significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain (e.g., a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month), or decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day
4. Insomnia or hypersomnia nearly every day
5. Psychomotor agitation or retardation nearly every day (observable by others, not merely subjective feelings of restlessness or being slowed down)
6. Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day
7. Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt (which may be delusional) nearly every day (not merely self-reproach or guilt about being sick)
8. Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day (either by subjective account or as observed by others)
9. Recurrent thoughts of death (not just fear of dying), recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or specific plan for committing suicide
B. The symptoms do not meet criteria for a mixed episode.
C. The symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
D. The symptoms are not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g. a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition (e.g., hypothyroidism).
E. The symptoms are not better accounted for by bereavement, i.e., after the loss of a loved one, the symptoms persist for longer than 2 months or are characterized by marked functional impairment, morbid preoccupation with worthlessness, suicidal ideation, psychotic symptoms, or psychomotor retardation.
Social Security Guide For Depression (1)
12.04 Affective disorders: Characterized by a disturbance of mood, accompanied by a full or partial manic or depressive syndrome. Mood refers to a prolonged emotion that colors the whole psychic life; it generally involves either depression or elation.
The required level of severity for these disorders is met when the requirements in both A and B are satisfied, or when the requirements in C are satisfied.
A. Medically documented persistence, either continuous or intermittent, of one of the following:
- Depressive syndrome characterized by at least four of the following:
a. Anhedonia or pervasive loss of interest in almost all activities; or
b. Appetite disturbance with change in weight; or
c. Sleep disturbance; or
d. Psychomotor agitation or retardation; or
e. Decreased energy; or
f. Feelings of guilt or worthlessness; or
g. Difficulty concentrating or thinking; or
h. Thoughts of suicide; or
i. Hallucinations, delusions, or paranoid thinking.
B. Resulting in at least two of the following:
- Marked restriction of activities of daily living; or
- Marked difficulties in maintaining social functioning; or
- Marked difficulties in maintaining concentration, persistence, or pace; or
- Repeated episodes of decompensation, each of extended duration;
C. Medically documented history of a chronic affective disorder of at least 2 years’ duration that has caused more than a minimal limitation of ability to do basic work activities, with symptoms or signs currently attenuated by medication or psychosocial support, and one of the following:
- Repeated episodes of decompensation, each of extended duration; or
- A residual disease process that has resulted in such marginal adjustment that even a minimal increase in mental demands or change in the environment would be predicted to cause the individual to decompensate; or
- Current history of 1 or more years’ inability to function outside a highly supportive living arrangement, with an indication of continued need for such an arrangement.
If you do not meet or equal the listing social security we will determine your residual functional capacity to see if your disabled.
What We Do to Help you Win Social Security Benefits for Depression
We search for and gather every piece of evidence that social security wants you to have to prove your mental affliction disorder for depression
Medical evidence. There must be evidence from an acceptable medical source showing that you have a medically determinable mental impairment. This is your doctors records, tests, hospitalizations and reports.
- We will get information from you in detail.
- We will talk with your friends and family.
- We will get therapists and social worker records
- We will get work records
- We will get mental status exams.
- We will bring people to the hearing that can testify to your depression.
Our goal is to gather so much evidence that the Judges hands are tied and the social security doctors are disregarded.
After all it’s your life on the line and it is our life’s work.
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45242
SSA.gov Listings of Impairments
- Social security Administration Code of Federal Regs on Depression Special Technique – http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OP_Home/cfr20/416/416-0920a.htm
- DSM IV What is Depression? http://alerecares.com/pl/MultiSiteIncludes/PDF/pdfs/Depression%20Guideline%20Summary%2003-11.pdf