How Depression is Evaluated for VA Disability Benefits

Mood disorders is a classification of illnesses that involve a severe change in mood. Major depressive disorder, or major depression, falls under this classification. Many war veterans and those still in the service often suffer from depression. Statistics Young Man Looking Troubled and Upsetshow that in recent years, this problem has increased, and an estimated one-third of veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have mental health issues. Some veterans find it challenging to integrate back into American life with their families.

There are various reasons for depression in veterans. They may still feel combat stress, they may experience survivor guilt, they may be dealing with grief, or they may have a traumatic brain injury. And while some mood disorders are manageable, some can be debilitating. If depression makes it difficult to cope with normal life, perform daily activities, or handle a job, it’s possible to receive VA Disability benefits.

VA Disability Benefits for Depression or Other Mood Disorders

Depression is one mental illness that falls under the term ‘mood disorder,’ and there is no laboratory test that can diagnose it. Usually, a psychiatrist will use his own observations and perceptions of patient behavior as well as a questionnaire to help diagnose the condition. If a veteran wants the best chance to get VA disability benefits, he needs to have solid medical evidence diagnosing the condition.

It can be difficult to prove that you’re unable to work because of depression. A large number of claims by veterans who apply for VA disability are denied. And while you can appeal your claim, the appeals process to get VA benefits for depression is complex. It’s difficult to get your VA disability claim for depression to the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA), so it’s helpful to hire an attorney to help you with your claim or appeal.

If you are a veteran suffering from a mood disorder like depression and need help filing an appeal for VA Disability compensation benefits, or if you have been denied disability benefits, contact us at 402-933-5405 and let us review your case.

 

Sean D. Cuddigan
SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska