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Doctor insights on: Can You Qualify For Disability With Severe Depression

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Can having dysthymia qualify you for disability?

Can having dysthymia qualify you for disability?

I doubt that: The diagnosis of dysthymia would qualify you to receive disability. The reason is that while dysthymia can really impact your quality of life - it should not prevent you from basic functioning. Disability is based on impairment not degree of sadness or dissatisfaction with oneself or their life. ...Read more

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Can you qualify for permanent disability with lupus?

Can you qualify for permanent disability with lupus?

Depemds: Disability is a legal determination that you cannot earn money and qualify (by working sufficient years or "quarters") for cash benefits. At your age you wold also need a determination that you are unable to train for a more friendly job for the treatment of your chronic health condition. If treatment is not complete, or you have worked in the past 12 months, you will be ineligible. ...Read more

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Can you qualify for disability for a anxiety disorder?

Can you qualify for disability for a anxiety disorder?

I don't think so: I doubt it--but never know for sure--i have one pt who got disability for the DX of dependent personality! ...Read more

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Can you qualify for disability with Crohn's disease?

Possibly: If your crohn's is such that it is not controlled medically or surgically and it keeps your from being gainfully employed then you may have a case for filing for disability. Will this be lifelong? Have your been fully diagnosed and treated to the maximum? There are guidelines for disability and you have to meet those. I hope you don't have to file. Get treated the max and lead a normal life. ...Read more

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How can I get help for severe guilt associated with major depression?

Accept help: This sounds like a very painful way to live. I recommend that you seek out a psychologist who provides cogntive behavioral therapy. You may or may not need psychotropic medication management. Acupuncture can also be a good adjunct. Getting help can improve the quality of your life. ...Read more

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Can you qualify for disability when you are bipolar?

Can you qualify for disability when you are bipolar?

Yes: Bipolar disorder is among the most common reasons for people to be unable to sustain employment. Bpd symptoms often interfere with the ability to carry out routine daily activities, be on time, or relate well to others. Check with your doctor and an attorney who specializes in disability services. ...Read more

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How to get a new eyeglass prescription for someone with a severe intellectual disability?

Still possible: Optometrists and ophthalmologists have special ways of performing examinations in order to select the appropriate Rx for someone, even if they are nonverbal or cannot fully cooperate with requests/instructions. Your local Department of Disabilities and Special Needs may have some contact information for you. Good luck! ...Read more

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Would it be possible that a person with severe eczema qualify for disability benefits?

Would it be possible that a person with severe eczema qualify for disability benefits?

No.: Severe eczema can almost always be controlled. There is no reason for disability, even with moderate eczema, what can't that person do? ...Read more

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What can cause a person have to be to qualify for disability benefits?

Complicated: You must be medically unable to perform the essential functions of your job, nor are you able to perform other gainful employment in order to qualify for social security. Government agencies have an interactive process to advocate or deny disability benefits. ...Read more

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How can therapy help aid a child with severe mental disorders to prevent them from becoming a full fledged mental patient?

How can therapy help aid a child with severe mental disorders to prevent them from becoming a full fledged mental patient?

Reduces symptoms: Therapy can improve outcomes and change the trajectory of a child. The mechanisms are many including reduction of anxiety, reducing stress, improving adaptability, improving interpersonal dynamics and enhancing academic progression. Each of these phenomena can improve the prognosis of a child. For example, ocd treated with cognitive behavioral therapy shows improvements in brain function. ...Read more

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Can severe postpartum depression lead to mental health issues for the children?

Can severe postpartum depression lead to mental health issues for the children?

Maybe indirectly: A mother who is severely depressed may not bond with her newborn, may socially isolate, be irritable or physically agressive or simply lack the motivation or energy to take care of her child or children. It can sometimes be quite devastating. That is one reason that it is so imporant to get professional help - to avoid a negative impact on the children. But also, no woman wants to suffer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could qualify for disability with the following health issues?

The question is not: complete. The Social Security Administration can advise if you are eligible for SSI. ...Read more

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Can fibromyalgia patients still be eligible for SSI disability?

Can fibromyalgia patients still be eligible for SSI disability?

It's possible: You have to prove that the fibromyalgia prevents you from engaging in "SGA" i.e. substantial gainful activity. Trust me, having fibromyalgia & still working is better than being on disability from it. ...Read more

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I have major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and severe anxiety. How complicated is it to get disability benefits? I live in VA

I have major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and severe anxiety. How complicated is it to get disability benefits? I live in VA

Find answers on: https://www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability/. Social Security requires documentation of functional disability or disabilities caused by your psychiatric disorders. They use records from your primary care provider, psychiatrist, psychologist & therapists & a psychological evaluation by a Ph.D. contracted with them. Also see http://www.ada.gov for your state's "Voc. Rehab" agency's number ...Read more

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How to tell if you have avoidant personality disorder or a severe case of social phobia?

How to tell if you have avoidant personality disorder or a severe case of social phobia?

There is overlap: Avoidant issues are present when there is a social phobia, and in working with a therapist you will be able to deal with these issues. Focus on treatment rather than the label for the best outcome. ...Read more

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Can having depression or bipolar disorder cause you to have a lower iq?

Can having depression or bipolar disorder cause you to have a lower iq?

No, depends: If you are in the depths of depression, or spinning in a manic episode when your IQ is tested, you won't score as well as you ordinarily would. That said, depression & bipolar patients tend to be brighter than average. Interesting question. Why do you ask? ...Read more

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Can you be diagnosed with bipolar disorder without having to go to a psychiatrist?

Can you be diagnosed with bipolar disorder without having to go to a psychiatrist?

Yes : Most people can be diagnosed by their pcp , if they pay attention and know the symptoms, or if they make the effort of asking their patient to check. The. Mdq. ...Read more

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Dr. Carol Van der Harst
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Disabilities (Definition)

Disabilities is a term that describes a mental or physical condition that limits one's abilities to carry out the ...Read more