Every marriage is not meant to last forever. No matter what the reasoning behind the divorce, it is important to have legal representation for each side. I almost lost everything because my former spouse said that he was taking care of things and that he would be fair about how the assets were divided. It took several weeks for me to find out what he was up to. It was then that I hired my own attorney and got what I deserved. You should never attempt to go through a divorce without a lawyer working on your side. On my site, I have listed several of the issues that can get overlooked if you are inexperienced with divorce documents and proceedings.
If you suffer from debilitating depression, you know the severity of the condition can prevent you from attending your job on a regular basis. Depression causes complete withdrawal in many people afflicted with the illness, making it almost impossible to remain employed. You may be able to obtain disability benefits through the Social Security Administration, but it can be an uphill battle. The following are some things you should know if you are considering applying for disability benefits for your depression:
What Is the Reason for Your Depression?
One factor that determines if you will qualify for disability benefits is the cause of your depression. If your depression is linked to self-abuse through the use of drugs or alcohol, the SSA will not see that as a reason to award you benefits since you had a hand in your condition. The use of drugs and alcohol can also mimic depressive disorder, which can make it difficult to determine if you have depressive order at all.
Can You Provide a Medical Report?
Another item that will help your case is your medical report and all the notes made by your doctor confirming your condition. The medical report should provide proof that you have a diagnosis of depression and the root cause of the illness. The doctor will also evaluate whether or not you are able to maintain regular employment based on the severity of your mental health. If your doctor believes you are capable of holding a job and supporting yourself, the SSA will not likely approve you for disability benefits.
Are You Receiving Proper Medical Treatment?
The SSA also looks and whether or not you are receiving treatment for your depression and if you are following through with your prescribed care. The SSA will evaluate your medication prescriptions, if any, and whether or not you are taking them. The SSA will also want to know if you are in therapy and whether or not you attend your treatment sessions regularly. If you are not on medication or in therapy, the SSA may not deem your condition bad enough to receive benefits.
If you have depression and believe you should get disability benefits from the SSA but you have been denied, you need to speak to a disability claims attorney. He or she will examine your case and help you build an appeal to the SSA denial for your depressive disorder.