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Multiple factors must be met to receive SSD for depression

When people in California develop depression, the condition could last for days, weeks, months or a lifetime. Social Security Disability benefits could be available to people with depression when its severity and persistence can be documented. The first requirement that all applicants must satisfy involves an inability to work, which the Social Security Administration defines as sustained gainful activity. A person must lack the mental focus and fortitude to perform paid labor for at least 12 months.

The Social Security definition of disability

In California and throughout the nation, Social Security provides benefits to people who cannot work due to disability. To be approved for benefits, applicants must follow the proper application procedures, and their condition must qualify as a disability under the Social Security Administration's definition.

Equaling a social security disability listing

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has an impairment listing manual that outlines conditions that qualify for Social Security. Your medical condition does not need to be listed in the manual in order for you to qualify; rather, you just have to be able to provide evidence that your condition meets criteria for qualifying as disabled. This is referred to as equaling a SSD listing.

Wait time for payment after disability benefits approval

When residents of California are awarded Social Security benefits, they may wonder when they can expect to start receiving payments. The amount of time between approval of a claim and the first payment varies by case, but is usually longer if the case went to hearing before approval.

Enrollment for SSDI down but number of pending cases up

In California, 4.4 percent of the population between the ages of 18 and 64 receive payments from Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income or both programs. According to the Social Security Administration, enrollment numbers appear to have peaked and started to decline, but the amount of pending cases has reached an all-time high of 1.14 million. In 2010, pending cases only totaled about 300,000.

What not to do after a SSD claim denial

California residents that have received a denial notification in response to their claim for social security disability, or SSI, benefits still have recourse. However, they should be careful to avoid making certain common mistakes.

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