Depression, Anxiety and Disability Benefits Lawyers
Depression and anxiety can be a very real experience for a person with chronic pain, illness or disability. Depression and physical disabilities often go hand-in-hand. Unfortunately, symptoms of depression and anxiety often go unreported to doctors or are untreated. At the Disability Benefits Law Center, we urge clients to take symptoms of depression and anxiety seriously. Do not overlook symptoms of anxiety or depression. In fact, if you have any symptoms of anxiety or depression, obtaining treatment will always strengthen your claim for disability benefits. No matter what your mental health impairment, always obtain treatment and honestly report the nature, severity and frequency of all of your symptoms.
For legal help related to depression and disability benefits, contact an attorney from the Disability Benefits Law Center. We may be able to help you obtain disability for mental illness in addition to your physical condition.
Symptoms of depression and anxiety
We encourage our clients to recognize signs of depression. Remember, we are not medical professionals and this should not replace professional medical advice. Please keep in mind that the following is not an all-inclusive list and you may experience symptoms not listed. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Feeling hopelessness, despair or anger
- Low energy
- Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
- Sleep disturbances
- Poor concentration
- Sleep disturbance (either too little or too much); daytime napping
- Anxiety or panic attacks
- Suicidal thoughts
Depression and disability: healthy coping strategies
We advise people to seek medical treatment for depression and anxiety. Treatment does not have to be with a private psychiatrist. Many times the most helpful treatment will be with a therapist at a local mental health center. When in treatment, be honest about the nature and severity of your symptoms. Do not hide them. That would include suicidal thoughts, which are common and normally not a reason for hospitalization. If your doctor recommends brief hospital treatment, your claim will be stronger if you follow your doctor's advice.
Alcohol or Drug use
We advise clients to abstain from alcohol and drug use because this behavior can complicate or defeat an otherwise valid disability claim. Rather than self-medicating with alcohol or drugs, we encourage clients to seek help from a doctor or rehab center. If you have a current problem with alcohol or drug use, get the treatment necessary to become clean and sober. While it is possible to be awarded benefits with a current drug or alcohol problem, it is very difficult to do so. Take an active step toward your health and toward obtaining your SSD or SSI benefits by getting the help you need to quit. And remember: our attorneys are here to help you. Contact us today to arrange your consultation.