Many different physical and mental disabilities or impairments can qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). Many medical and psychological conditions are so debilitating that they can prevent a person from being able to work full-time or on a consistent basis.
Mood disorders cover an array of diagnoses from phobias to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Mood disorders, if severe, can affect a person’s ability to work. If you are unable to work because of a severe mood disorder, then you may qualify for disability benefits.
To qualify for disability benefits, you must have a medically determinable condition that prevents you from working and is expected to last at least 1 year or to end in death.
Because there are so many different mood disorders, you will need to have your specific condition diagnosed.
But a diagnosis alone is not enough to qualify for disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) requires medical records that show the condition, its severity and treatment. It can be difficult to document mental impairments such as mood disorders. You will need to have medical records that establish that your condition negatively affects your ability to work including your ability to concentrate, function socially and perform general daily tasks.
You will also need to seek treatment and follow any treatment plan that your doctor prescribes.
The length of your symptoms is also relevant. You will need to have had symptoms for at least 12 months or they have to be expected to last at least 12 months.
If you have other conditions that limit your ability to work, having them combined with your mood disorder may qualify you for disability benefits.
It’s never easy to obtain disability benefits. However, depending on the facts of your case, you may be able to qualify for disability benefits with a mood disorder.
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