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Can I claim SSDI for emotional for depression?

If you suffer from severe depression, anxiety or some other debilitating mental illness, you might qualify for social security disability benefits. Depression and anxiety are conditions that range in severity and can have a drastic effect on individuals in Rossville who suffer from them. 

Before you apply for disability benefits, there are some things you need to understand about the process first. Social security disability claims involving depression and anxiety are often difficult to get approved. To prevent issues with your claim, consider the following information about the qualification process. 

Your symptoms and condition must be so severe that they interfere with your ability to work. Professional evaluations and documentation are necessary to support your claim. Though you may feel sad, angry and insecure, your symptoms must also affect your ability to function in a normal capacity. For example, a person who suffers from depression and anxiety and is unable to sleep, eat and interact with others might receive benefits if their condition turns into a social phobia, compulsive disorder and other issues that result in a disability that is projected to last a year or longer. 

Social security claim examiners rely on a variety of factors to determine the validity of claims. These factors include your current ability to work, earnings and if your level of disability meets the criteria in the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book of Impairments. According to the Social Security Administration, claimants must have a medically documented two-year history of their conditions or exhibit at least five characteristics and meet other requirements. 

The approval process is stringent, and the likelihood of your initial application being denied. However, many claimants end up getting their benefits after going through the appeals process.