Portland Depression & Anxiety SSI Benefit Attorney

Many people occasionally experience depression or anxiety. But for some people, these conditions are so severe and persistent that they cannot earn a living. If your depression or anxiety is keeping you from holding down a job, you may be eligible for disability benefits.

Helping Clients With Depression & Anxiety Pursue Social Security Benefits

The Social Security Administration (SSA) formally recognizes both depression and anxiety as disorders that can qualify applicants for disability benefits.

The SSA recognizes depression and anxiety as disorders that can qualify applicants for disability benefits.

At the law firm of Portland Social Security disability lawyer Richard A. Sly, we help clients in Oregon and Washington file for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSD/DIB) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits on the basis of depression, anxiety and other psychological disorders.

Understanding the Government’s Definitions of Disabling Depression and Anxiety

Depression and anxiety are serious medical conditions that are proven, in severe cases, to restrict people’s ability to work. The Social Security Administration (SSA) formally recognizes both depression and anxiety as disorders that can qualify applicants for disability benefits.

  • Clinical depression: For purposes of Social Security, depression is considered a disability when it has multiple symptoms from among a list that includes difficulty concentrating, loss of interest in activities, decreased energy and suicidal thoughts. You may also qualify for benefits if you have bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic-depressive disorder.
  • Anxiety disorders: Anxiety comes in a number of forms, including panic attacks, irrational fears, recurrent obsession and compulsions, and generalized persistent anxiety. The SSA has specific criteria for when each of these is disabling. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is also analyzed under the criteria for anxiety disorders.

In order to get disability benefits for your depression or anxiety, you will need medical evidence that you meet the criteria. The testimony of a therapist may help your claim but is generally considered less convincing than a formal diagnosis by a licensed medical doctor.

Call our Portland SSD & SSI Law Firm for a Free Consultation

Portland SSD and SSI Attorney Richard A. Sly is dedicated to helping people with severe depression and anxiety get the Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits they deserve. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Sly, call us toll free at 503-224-0436 or e-mail us today.