How to Get Social Security Disability for Depression in Richmond, Virginia


Virginia Social Security Lawyer Helping Adults Get Approved for Severe Depression that Affects Concentration, Focus, and Interactions with Others


Many people who contact our office to apply for Social Security disability benefits or to appeal a Social Security denial suffer from depression. Depressive disorders, such as major depressive disorder, persistent depressive disorder, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, and depressive disorder due to another medical condition, can affect anyone at any time. They share one common feature: they cause a person to feel sad, irritable, frustrated, or empty.


This article explains how depression can affect your ability to work and what it takes to get Social Security disability for depression in Virginia. If you have questions about the Social Security disability application process or are looking for representation at your SSD hearing, contact Richmond disability attorney Corey Pollard today. We represent disabled adults suffering from mental disorders in Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover, Petersburg, Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach.


Symptoms of Depression


Common symptoms of depression include:


  • Sadness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you once enjoyed
  • Sudden weight gain or weight loss
  • Sudden change in appetite
  • Insomnia (trouble sleeping)
  • Hypersomnia (sleeping too much)
  • Feeling restless
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased energy
  • Feeling worthless
  • Feeling guilty
  • Difficulty staying focused
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Regular thoughts of harming yourself
  • Regular thoughts of harming others
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Difficulty remembering details
  • Frequent anxiety


Types of Depression


You may get approved for Social Security disability for the depressive disorders listed below. Each of them can cause great difficulty with social interaction, concentration, focus, and the ability to work or succeed at school.


Major Depressive Disorder


Major depressive disorder is a mental illness that causes a person to feel sad or to feel numb (no feeling emotionally) most of the day for at least 2 weeks. People who suffer from major depressive disorder may lose interest in activities they once enjoyed, find it hard to focus, and feel worthless.


Major depressive disorder affects roughly 7 percent of people in the U.S. in a given year. Women experience major depressive disorder at a higher rate than men.


Major depressive disorder is different from grief. It lasts longer than grief and is accompanied by fewer peasant or enjoyable thoughts. Further, grief usually does not cause feelings of worthlessness.


Persistent Depressive Disorder


Persistent depressive disorder, sometimes referred to as dysthymic disorder, is a chronic depression where symptoms last for at least 2 years – or even longer. People with persistent depressive disorder are at higher risk for personality disorder or substance use disorder.


Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder


Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder is a diagnosis made when a child has the symptoms below for at least one year:


  • Severe and frequent temper tantrums that include verbal outrage and physical aggression toward adults, children, and property
  • Inappropriate outbursts given the child’s age
  • Irritable mood
  • Anger
  • Behavioral problems at school, at home, and with friends


Treatment for Depression


Treatment for depression includes:


  • Therapy (interpersonal psychotherapy; supportive psychotherapy; cognitive-behavior therapy; family or couples therapy; or, group therapy)
  • Medications (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors; serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors; dopamine-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors; tricyclics; monoamine oxidase inhibitors)
  • Exercise
  • Relation Techniques
  • Dietary Changes


If you are depressed, seek mental health treatment with a psychiatrist and a therapist. A psychiatrist can prescribe medications for your illness and your therapist can meet with you more frequently to discuss your life and symptoms and to provide techniques to improve your condition. These medical providers can provide valuable support for your Social Security disability claim for depression.


Getting Social Security Disability for Depression in Richmond, Virginia


When evaluating your claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will base its decision on your testimony, medical records, and treating medical source statements. If you’re not in consistent treatment for depression, then you will have a difficult time getting approved for SSD benefits in Virginia.


If you’re looking for aggressive legal representation and help getting Social Security disability for depression, call Corey Pollard today: 804-251-1620. We’re here to help you get the monthly cash benefits and medical coverage you deserve for your depression. And there is no fee unless you get approved for disability for depression.