Getting Disability Benefits for Depression


AshamedDepression can be a debilitating illness, characterized by sadness, hopelessness, despair, and inadequacy. Along with these emotions, a person can experience extreme fatigue preventing a person from holding down a meaningful job.

In order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits based on a diagnosis of depression, a claimant must meet at least four of the following qualifications:

  • lack of interest or pleasure in activities you previously found enjoyable or participated in regularly
  • decreased energy
  • poor appetite or overeating
  • insomnia or sleeping too much
  • difficulty concentrating or thinking
  • lack of physical movement
  • feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • paranoia, delusions, or hallucinations, or
  • suicidal thoughts or ideation

Additionally, Social Security requires that your symptoms of depression cause you serious difficulty in:

  • activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, cooking, cleaning)
  • social functioning
  • focusing, or
  • repeated, extended periods of worsening symptoms

Although it is possible to receive disability benefits for depression, most claims are allowed under a medical vocational allowanceRead our blog Qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits Outside of the Depression Listing here.

Getting Legal Help

If you or a loved one needs to pursue a disability claim or wishes to discuss claim eligibility, give Disability Professionals a call at 855-201-9569 or email DisabilityProfessionals to set up your appointment today.


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