Social Security Disability and Depression

If you have severe depression, you might be able to get Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). If your depression can be controlled by medication, then chances are your application for disability will be denied. Learn how to apply for social security disability.

Don’t assume that a prescription for anti-depressants from your family doctor will automatically qualify you for benefits. If you suffer from depression, you need to be diagnosed by a qualified psychiatrist, and to win your disability claim you must have well-documented medical records that show you are depressed and suffer from a mental illness related to your depression. Your medical records must show that you have sought treatment from a qualified mental health professional (preferably a psychiatrist and not a psychologist), and that your mental illness interferes with your ability to hold a job.

Whether depression is the primary impairment on your disability claim or just a contributing factor, it is critical to have detailed medical records from a mental health professional regarding your condition.

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