Pennsylvania Social Security Lawyers
There are countless disabilities and health issues which affect our clients, both mentally and physically. Many people who contact our office suffer from mental disabilities; depression is one of the most common of these issues. Depression can affect anyone at any time, and it can be debilitating. Often times, physical ailments, such as fibromyalgia, chronic pain and even cancer, can cause someone to become depressed, rendering them mentally as well as physically incapacitated. Symptoms of depression may include:
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making basic decisions
- Fatigue and a decrease in energy levels
- Feelings of hopelessness /suicidal thoughts
- Continuous anxiety or sad feelings
- Loss of interest in everyday activities/hobbies that were once enjoyable
Someone who is depressed needs to be in mental health treatment, preferably with a psychiatrist and a therapist. A psychiatrist is a doctor who can prescribe medications for the illness, and a therapist is a counselor one could meet with every few weeks to discuss the problems surrounding the depression. There are mental health facilities available in your area. Contact your primary care physician; often, he or she may be able to give you a referral to begin mental health treatment.
Social Security bases all decisions on medical records
Social Security bases all of their decisions on recent medical records. They want to see that you are doing everything possible to make yourself better. If you are not in treatment, or have only been in treatment for a relatively short time, it will be very hard to prove a case for total disability because Social Security will have no evidence to make a concise decision. If you have recently been admitted to a hospital due to your mental illness, Social Security will examine records from those stays. Consistent treatment after you have been released from the hospital will help your Social Security Disability case. Remember, the Social Security Administration must have evidence that your depression prohibits you from gainful employment. These are just the basics surrounding depression and Social Security; if you have any further questions please contact our office at (412) 661-1400.