Social Security Rules & Definitions

Depressive Disorder and Social Security Disability

June 26, 2017 by

What is Depressive Disorder?

Pretty much everyone experiences sadness from time to time.  After all, change and rejection are natural parts of life.  However, if depression prevents you from working over an extended time frame, it may be a sign of depressive disorder.  The American Psychiatric Association (APA) says that common ...

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New Mental Disorders Listings

April 17, 2017 by

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has finally issued a final rule on revised medical criteria for evaluating mental disorders for adults and children.  This rule was issued on September 26, 2016 and become effective on January 17, 2017.  The rule was published more than six years after the Notice of ...

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Prove Disability

January 11, 2017 by

In our last post, we delved into Social Security's Listings of Impairments, step 3 of the 5-step adult disability sequential evaluation process.  But let's say that you cannot establish that your impairment or impairments meet or equal in severity one of SSA's listed impairments.  Is it still possible to prove ...

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Inflammatory Arthritis and Social Security Disability – The Listings of Impairments

January 11, 2017 by

In our last post, we discussed Social Security's 5-step sequential evaluation process for adult disability claims.  At Step 3, Social Security determines if a claimant's impairments, either singly or in combination, meet or equal in severity one of SSA's listed impairments.  Social Security's Listing of Impairments describes for each major ...

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