Depression why was I denied SSDI benefits?There are many reasons why a disability applicant may be denied SSDI benefits. Recently on our disability forum a user asked, I have had severe depression for two years and my condition is so severe I am unable to work. Why would the SSA deny my disability application? If you have been denied SSDI benefits for depression its important to first make sure that you meet the most basic non-medical requirements for SSDI benefits. For instance, are you currently working and making too much money? Are you receiving proper medical treatment for your condition? Is your condition expected to last 12 continuous months? Do you have enough work credits to be considered insured for SSDI benefits? If you do not meet the nonmedical requirements you may continue to be denied regardless of the severity of your condition.
Medical Denials for DepressionAssuming you have sufficient work credits, you are getting proper treatment, and you are not working the next step is to make sure you have sufficient medical evidence for the SSA to determine you are disabled and unable to work. If you are seeing a doctor and taking proper medication getting the right medical information may not be too difficult. In fact, it may be as simple as getting your doctor to complete a mental functional assessment and clearly state why you cannot work. Claimants rarely read their medical records, and if they do, they are often surprised to find that they may not paint an adequate picture of the state of their mental health. More importantly, their medical records may not clearly identify their limitations caused by their depressive condition.
What does the SSA want to know about depression?How do you prove you are disabled by your depression? The good news is the SSA has created a listing of conditions and disabilities and their corresponding symptoms they consider automatically disabling. This listing is called the Listing of Impairments, and depression is on this list, which can make the process of meeting the listing simpler. But how do you know how severe your depressive condition must be to be considered disabling? First, review the listing for depression listed under 12.00 Mental Disorders, Section 12.04 Affective Disorders. This listing specifically identifies the symptoms the SSA considers disabling. For depression the listing states that your condition must be accompanied by at least four of the following:
- Anhedonia or pervasive loss of interest in almost all activities; or
- Appetite disturbance with change in weight; or
- Sleep disturbance; or
- Psychomotor agitation or retardation; or
- Decreased energy; or
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness; or
- Difficulty concentrating or thinking; or