Can I Get Disability Benefits for Depression?

If you have depression, Social Security disability benefits may be available. To determine whether you are disabled by your depression, the Social Security Administration first considers whether the disorder is severe enough to meet or equal a listing at Step 3 of the Sequential Evaluation Process. See How to Get Disability Benefits for Depression by Meeting a Listing. If you meet or equal a listing because of depression, you are considered disabled. If your depression is not severe enough to equal or meet a listing, the Social Security Administration must assess your residual functional capacity (RFC) (the work you can still do, despite your depression), to determine whether you qualify for disability benefits at Step 4 and Step 5 of the Sequential Evaluation Process. See Residual Functional Capacity Assessment for Depression.

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