It is possible to obtain disability benefits for depression, but it can be challenging. To qualify for disability benefits, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the depression must be severe and meet certain criteria.
The key factors considered include the duration of the depression, the impact on daily functioning, the effectiveness of treatment, and the ability to perform substantial gainful activity (work). Medical evidence, such as documentation from mental health professionals, is essential in supporting the claim. It is recommended to consult with a disability lawyer or advocate who can provide guidance and assist in presenting a strong case for disability benefits based on depression.