Persistent Depressive Disorder
PDD is similar to MDD, but the symptoms tend to last 2 or more years. While symptoms can fluctuate in severity, they are still often present. PDD is generally less debilitating, but can still be quite an impairment.
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression generally related to seasonal changes. Shorter days and periods of lessened sunlight during winter can bring depressive feelings and symptoms. One way SAD is combated is UV Light Therapy.
People living with Psychotic Depression deal with the usual assortment of depression-related symptoms and additional “psychotic” symptoms. These may include delusions, paranoia, and hallucinations.
Peripartum (Postpartum) Depression
This form of depression refers to major depressive feelings post-childbirth. Postpartum depressive symptoms can last for months after childbirth. While postpartum depression is more common in women, roughly 1 in 10 men taking care of a new baby will experience depression during this time.
How Do I Prove My Disability With Depression?
Anyone living with depression knows the toll it can take on your life, your health, your relationships, and your career. However, your insurance company will likely not understand the gravity of your unique situation. They will likely not understand how your symptoms impact your ability to work. To have your disability claim approved, you will need to show how your symptoms limit your capacity to perform work tasks.
For example, a depressive episode might cause you to be unable to get out of bed because of mood and fatigue, which forces you to call in sick. A loss of focus or ability to concentrate due to your depression might make it harder to work. This can also lead to safety issues if you work in a physical career. Low energy and hopelessness can exacerbate the normal stresses of the work environment and overwhelm you.
Providing Evidence From Your Doctor
Be sure to discuss any and all symptoms of your depression with your primary care physician, therapist, and any other relevant doctors. You should also discuss the frequency and severity of symptoms. Your doctor’s reporting and support are key to developing a strong basis for building your case. Be sure to mention how these symptoms can reduce your ability to perform work tasks.
Official diagnoses of your mental illness from a licensed therapist or psychologist will also be vital in building your case.
A Neuropsychological Evaluation is a test that measures mental and cognitive deficits. The evaluation can objectively measure how your depression affects your cognitive ability. The evaluation will also provide an IQ test and additional screenings for further diagnoses. During the evaluation, your memory, problem-solving skills, processing speed, executive functioning, and more will be measured. It also has parameters in place to help ensure that the individual is putting in their maximum effort. These parameters help legitimize the validity of your test.
Neuropsychological Evaluation can often be one of the strongest pieces of evidence to support your claim because it objectively shows how your cognitive function affects your ability to perform at work.