Getting Social Security disability for depression requires that you apply for disability and have symptoms based on SSA’s criteria 12.04 listing as noted below. Based on our experience at Southeastern Disability, the best way to meet the criteria is to have had multiple hospitalizations or what the agency calls “episodes of decompensation”. Episodes of decompensation usually involve hospitalizations in psychiatric facilities. Local relevant facilities include: Georgia Regional Hospital in Savannah, St. Simons by the Sea, Unison Behavioral Health, St. Illa, and Greenleaf in Valdosta, GA. In addition, you should be in treatment, compliant with medications, and you’ll need a strong RFC form from yohttps://dbhdd.georgia.gov/georgia-regional-hospital-savannahur treating mental health professional. Finally, your activities of daily living should reflect those a severely depressed person. At Southeastern Disability we’ve helped many people with the depression claims. Let us use our expertise to guide you through the process and get the documentation you need to be successful in your disability claim.
Depression ranges in seriousness from mild, temporary episodes of sadness to severe, persistent depression. Clinical depression is the more-severe form of depression, also known as major depression or major depressive disorder. It isn’t the same as depression caused by a loss, such as the death of a loved one, or a medical condition, such as a thyroid disorder.
Signs and symptoms of clinical depression may include:
- Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness
- Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters
- Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports
- Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much
- Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort
- Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain
- Anxiety, agitation or restlessness
- Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame
- Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
- Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide
- Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
Symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in day-to-day activities, such as work, school or social activities.
Clinical depression can affect people of any age, including children. However, clinical depression symptoms, even if severe, usually improve with psychological counseling, antidepressant medications or a combination of the two.