I have a hearing in November for a ssdi-ssi case with chronic depression as the basis. I attempted suicide two years ago and hired a lawyer that will represent me from my hospital room where I remained for 3 weeks then to a mental hospital for 3 more. I have taken meds every since. I'm still depressed but not suicidal. What are the chances I will be approved? What questions will I be asked? Thanks for any advice.
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I think your chances are good Aubrey. I got approved mostly for panic disorder and severe GAD but I also suffer with depression. I was approved OTR so I did not have to appear before an ALJ. When did you initially submit your application? I have been suicidal too Aubrey but have really never attempted it. I spent almost a month in a mental hospital several years ago. I am glad you are still with us. Hang in there please.
I think you have a good chance winning. It looks like you have at least two years of docuementation , and needed to be hospitalised to be stable again. Social Security will see how your condition affects your working ability in any job. If your unable to make $1000 or more a month at a job then your condition would be severe enough to win. S.S will look at the severity of your disability and see if it prevents you from working a SGA. If you have a Lawyer this will help you win your claim. If your DR's support your claim this will also help you. If you are taking medication/s and your still unable to work S.S will take that into consideration.
That is good Aubrey. You can do-it-yourself but DIY is just too aggravating when it comes to getting approved for SSDI. By using the lawyer, you spare yourself the stress of trying to go it alone plus you increase your chances getting approved altho many people have gone it alone and won. It is also good you have been seeing a doctor regularly so your medical condition is being documented. The most important piece of the SSDI puzzle IMHO is a supportive doctor. Find a doctor who will firmly back your SSDI claim in addition to supplying medical records = eventual SSDI approval esp. when combined with a good lawyer or advocate.
Originally Posted by Aubrey278
I have an attorney. I don't have a documented history of depression before late 2009 because I never sought help. Since I have continued psychiatric and medical treatment.
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