I continue to suffer from major depression, anxiety and PTSD, I applied for SSDI and just received a denial letter stating that my disability is not severe enough, and I can still do previous (earlier in my career) work. I have been suffering from this for more than 18 months...and when I checked my doctors notes against the SSA Blue Book, there is no doubt that I am disabled under their own guidelines.
I am going to talk to a SSDI lawyer because this is turning out to be too stressful for me on my own. I think they would deny it at first, then approve it (hopefully) at the ALJ level for some reason, but if there are no other factors listed on this letter, would they actually deny even though I am documented to fit their criteria?
An attorney will definitely improve your chances.
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Proof of the severity of disorders such as yours is difficult because there is a strong element of subjectivity. To maximize your chances of success you should seek an experienced Social Security attorney with a strong record of collaboration with treating physicians.
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I would speak to your attorney and if you exceed the listings, and can prove it with medical evidence, you should get it.
Ms. Sinclair is very correct in pointing out the subjectivity involved in assessing the severity of your condition. For example, one of the subparts of the listing for depression requires "marked restriction of activities of daily living." (note that meeting this requirement is not enough to prove disability, and that inability to meet it does not rule out proving disability). To put it mildly, reasonable people can differ on what that phrase means, and on what level of restriction is needed to satisfy it. That's why it's so important for you to get a lawyer who does a lot of this kind of work, as Ms. Sinclair and others have urged. Such a lawyer can't guarantee you success , but can help you maximize your chances. Good luck!
Go see your lawyer. This isn't something you should handle on your own.
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