Depression is covered in Social Security's impairment listing 12.04, Depressive, Bipolar and Related. First, to qualify for either Social Security disability or SSI disability benefits on the basis of depression, you must show you have severe depression by having at least five of the following symptoms: depressed mood.
Can you get disability allowance for depression?
Depression can be so disruptive to a person's life that it interferes with everyday life and makes it impossible to work. If your depression is so severe, even with anti-depressive medication, that you can't work any type of job, you may be able to qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
Can depression be considered a disability?
Filing for Social Security Disability with a Diagnosis of Depression. While the Social Security Administration (SSA) does not have a separate listing for Depression in its Impairment Listing Manual, or “Blue Book,” the condition is considered under Section 12.04 Affective Disorders.