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Should I List My Past Depression Medications on My Social Security Disability or SSI Application?




 
If we answer this question in a technical manner, we can say "no, your past medications do not matter". In fact, when you file your claim you will only be asked to provide a list of your current medications. Having said that, though, disability examiners like to have the full picture of an applicant’s limitations before making a decision on a claim. If the examiner finds a reference to a particular medication in your medical records and you have not explained or disclosed it, he may feel he needs more information before approving or denying your claim.

Even if you are not currently taking the medications, or have stopped taking them for a long period of time but have begun taking them again, they could be relevant to your disability case. For instance, if you are filing for a claim on the basis of an affective disorder illness such as depression, noting in your medical history that you have taken medication in the past for your condition can help the examiner establish when your symptoms first began, or the onset date. Typically, the earlier the onset date, the more back pay you may be entitled to receive if you are approved for benefits.

In addition, you can file a claim based on not just one, but a combination of medical conditions. If you are no longer able to perform your current job due to back pain, for instance, it is less likely that a disability examiner will determine you are able to perform other, less physical work if you are also suffering from crippling depression.

When it comes to filing for disability, you should include any information that can help an examiner understand the full impact of your medical condition on your ability to work. Disability applications are evaluated based on both the severity of your illness and your ability to perform any work that pays a monthly wage equal to or greater than the current SGA, or substantial gainful activity amount.

Related: What can I expect from a Social Security Mental Examination or Evaluation?








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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI


These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria