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December 7, 2021

Can You Get Disability For A Mood Disorder? 

Mood disorders are serious, affecting as many as 9.7 % of adults in the U.S. alone. If you’ve been diagnosed with a mood disorder that is affecting your ability to earn a living, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Very specific supporting evidence and criteria must be met before benefits are approved. This blog looks at qualifying for disability benefits with a mood disorder. Check it out — and contact the experienced disability attorney at Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., to help you maneuver the disability claims process to secure monthly benefits. 

Social Security Disability Lawyer in Omaha and Council Bluffs 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O.’s Social Security Disability team can help you secure benefits needed  to support yourself. Chellsie Weber, our wildly successful and experienced disability attorney, and Abby Reid, our wonderful and thorough disability paralegal, can offer support and advice as it pertains to your disability and the benefits approval process. Remember, you’re more likely to have a successful disability claim with an attorney by your side. Call us today at 402-991-2100. You also can share your story here.

Medically Qualifying For Disability Benefits With A Mood Disorder

To qualify for disability benefits with a mood disorder, you will need to provide hard medical evidence that confirms the diagnosis. Mood disorders can be challenging to document, so you will need to provide proof of a confirmed diagnosis. Mood disorder is a broad term, so you will need a specific diagnosis. Here are a few of the mood disorders that may qualify for disability benefits:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Mood disorder because of a general medical condition
  • Agoraphobia
  • Panic disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Stress disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Phobias

Medical records can be from a primary care provider, specialist such as a psychiatrist or psychologist, and notes from a therapist or counselor. Besides the confirmed diagnosis, your supporting evidence should include a detailed treatment plan, how you are responding to treatment, and how your daily activities are affected and how your condition limits or restricts you. 

After the diagnosis has been confirmed, you must prove how severe your condition is and how you are affected. Your condition must severely affect your daily life for you to qualify for disability benefits. Your mood disorder must affect your ability to maintain social activities, concentrate, perform routine daily activities, and work. Your symptoms must have been in existence for at least 12 months or be expected to last for a minimum of 12 months. Without supporting evidence, your disability claim will not be approved, and you will not be awarded monthly benefits. 

How to File a Disability Claim 

If you suffer from a disabling mood disorder, a disability attorney can help you ensure that your claim is on the right track — and that starts with medical records. It’s the best way to ensure you have all the needed documentation and hard evidence to show that your condition is severe enough to warrant disability benefits. A disability attorney from Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., can help you get your claim on the right track and be awarded disability benefits. Those monthly benefits can be used to help cover your basic living expenses and for your routine medical care. Call Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O. to begin our intake process. Claimants with legal representation are more likely to be awarded disability benefits than those who try to go it alone, according to data released from the Social Security Administration

About Watson & Carroll 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., is not a high-volume law firm that only speaks with clients when it is absolutely necessary. For us, it’s personal. Our team works closely with our clients and their loved ones – not only so that we understand their challenges and concerns, but so we can tailor our approach to address those factors, aggressively pursue results, and secure peace of mind. Whether it is a medical malpractice case or advocating for disability benefits, we work to protect our clients and make sure their rights are upheld. 

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