Can you apply for benefits with a depressive disorder?

On Behalf of | Jun 21, 2021 | SSDI

As studies into mental health continue to progress, we learn more and more about the relationship of mental health and work. Much like physical disabilities, mental disorders can easily impact a person’s ability to maintain employment.

In such situations, you are eligible under Social Security to apply for disability benefits. But in order to apply, you must first understand whether or not your mental disorder allows you this eligibilty.

Examples of depressive disorders

Social Security lists criteria you must meet before applying for disability benefits for mental health. First, disorders get divided among multiple groups under Social Security’s guidelines. Depressive, bipolar and related disorders share a group.

Examples of disorders within this group include things like major depressive disorder, bipolar disorders I or II, cyclothymic disorder, and persistent depressive disorder. It also includes depressive or bipolar disorders as a result of another medical condition. However, these are not the only disorders that may hold eligibility. This is why it is important to discuss such matters with a legal professional and your doctor.

Shared characteristics and traits

Other forms of depressive or bipolar disorders share characteristics and symptoms in many cases. They can include depression, expansive or elevated moods, loss of pleasure or interest in most or all activities, and a significant decline in ability to function on a daily basis.

Many victims feel guilt, hopelessness, euphoria and sadness. They might experience social withdrawal, suicidal ideation, sleep disturbances and psychomotor abnormalities. All of these signs can lead to a diminished ability to lead a normal life, let alone work in a normal job setting. If you struggle with such issues, continue contacting legal help to learn more.