Depression With Anxiety

Jun 10, 2011 No Comments by

Depression is bad enough. Anxiety is bad enough. What do you get when you combine depression with anxiety? Some really unpleasant psychiatric symptoms that often lead to Social Security disability claims.

At the Charles T. Hall Law Firm, we see lots of clients who have depression with anxiety. We see them because Social Security usually denies their disability claims at the initial and reconsideration levels. Don’t be dejected if this happens to you. We win many depression with anxiety cases at the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) level.

I would not say that Social Security has any policies directed specifically at patients who have depression with anxiety. They just have general policies designed to make it tough to get a quick win on a disability claim based upon any form of mental illness and those policies make it tough for people who have depression with anxiety.

In general, there are three things you can do to help win Social Security disability based upon depression with anxiety:

  • Get under psychiatric care and stay under psychiatric care. If your depression with anxiety is so bad that you can’t work, why wouldn’t you be under psychiatric care.
  • Avoid substance abuse. Alcoholism and drug abuse make it tougher to win any Social Security disability case, particularly one based upon mental illness such as depression with anxiety.
  • Hire a lawyer to represent you. Even if you had some illness other than depression with anxiety you should probably hire a lawyer. Depression with anxiety makes it harder to make decisions and to figure out what to do.

Contact the Charles T. Hall Law Firm for a free consultation.

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Charles Hall is the lead attorney for the Charles Hall Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He has been practicing in the Social Security Disability law field since 1979, is published, and is ready to help new clients win their benefits in North Carolina.