Depression and Social Security

April 21st, 2014 | by RON BELL

People today are faced with many daily stresses from family, marriage and their career.  Not all people function at the same pace or level.  When someone cannot function as they normally did after going through a divorce, a death, or a failing career, they may sink into depression.  Women in general have  different brain chemistry than men, and are at risk twice as much as men to be diagnosed with depression.

Those with such severe depression may file a Social Security disability application.  When evaluating a claim for Social Security disability benefits, SSA will look at what signs and symptoms of depression are present and how severe the signs and symptoms are.  To be diagnosed with depression, you must have at least four of the following signs and symptoms:

●       Loss of interest in almost all activities

●       Appetite change

●       Abnormal weight loss or weight gain

●       Sleep disturbance

●       Decreased energy

●       Feelings of guilt or worthlessness

●       Lack of Concentration

●       Thoughts of suicide

●       Hallucinations

Filing for Social Security Disability can be difficult to do on your own. The lawyers at Ron Bell Injury Lawyers can help.

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