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Depression: is it covered by Social Security Disability?

In New Jersey and elsewhere, one of the more misunderstood aspects of Social Security Disability is mental conditions. Unlike physical conditions, which are easy to see and understand, mental conditions are often invisible and quixotic. But, despite the difficulty of seeing these conditions, some conditions qualify for Social Security Benefits. One such condition is depression.

Some readers may be skeptical. They may think of depression as a minor malady, a temporary period of feeling blue that will pass with time. This perception is understandable, but wrong.

For some people, depression is merely momentary. But, for others, it can be a long and dark period, casting a profound and life-changing shadow over their life. This shadow can make working a great challenge.

Consider the symptoms. In serious cases, depression makes it difficult for a person to concentrate or make decisions, both essential to work. Depression can also inhibit sleep and appetite, which begets further mental and physical problems. And, in the most severe cases, a person simply cannot go to work.

New Jerseyans who suffer from a severe form of depression may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. To do so, they must show that the depression prevents them from working. In particular, they will need to present evidence that even though they are going through treatment, they nevertheless cannot perform the basic tasks necessary to their job.

To learn more about Social Security Disability benefits for depression, readers may benefit from discussing their case with an experienced Social Security Disability benefits attorney. This attorney is someone who understands the system and knows how to maximize a person's chances of receiving benefits.

Source: NIH.gov, "Depression: What You Need to Know," accessed on June 7, 2016

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