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DisabilityIs Postpartum Depression A Disability?

July 20, 2022

Postpartum depression affects as many as 20% of women nationwide. It causes feelings ranging  from “baby blues” to serious, life-altering depression — even igniting resentment or apathy toward your new baby. Postpartum also can affect your ability to work and earn a living. In this blog post, the disability team at Watson and Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., looks at whether postpartum depression qualifies for disability benefits under SSA criteria. 

Applying For Disability With Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a serious condition — there is zero doubt about that. At the same time, postpartum is considered a disability if you meet the specific criteria established by the SSA, including:

  • Change in sleeping habits or constant sleep disturbances
  • Challenges connecting with the baby
  • Loss of libido
  • Lethargy or withdrawal from physical activities
  • Delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, or suicidal thoughts
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feelings of emptiness 

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.

Disability Benefits for Postpartum Depression 

If your physician has diagnosed you with postpartum depression and it is keeping you from working, consider applying for disability benefits. The key to a successful claim is having hard medical evidence that backs up your claim and proves the severity of the condition. Because of the complexity of disability claims for postpartum depression, your claim could benefit with the help of a disability attorney. 

Your attorney will help you gather all your supporting medical documentation — you must keep all of your diagnosis and treatment records —  such as a confirmed diagnosis, and any details from your physician that discusses the condition and its treatment. Notes from mental health providers, such as psychiatrists or therapists can also be beneficial. If you apply for disability benefits and your medical records are not sufficient, the disability examiner may schedule you for a mental status examination with one of the SSA’s contracted medical providers.

Chellsie, Abby and the entire team at Watson and Carroll have helped hundreds of disabled workers get their claims approved. If postpartum depression has you out of the workforce, share your story today. Postpartum is real, and we are here for you. 

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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