Can You Get Social Security Disability Benefits for Depression and Anxiety?

By March 10, 2020 April 15th, 2020 No Comments

If you suffer from depression or anxiety, you know just how debilitating these conditions can be. You’re not alone—millions of Americans suffer from these psychological disorders. And while individuals with milder cases may have their capacity to work largely unaffected, severe cases of depression or anxiety can make it impossible to focus, interact with people, or even leave the house. If you have depression or anxiety that prevents you from being able to work, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

Understanding SSDI, Depression, and Anxiety

In order to qualify for SSDI for depression and anxiety, your condition must last for two weeks or longer be severe enough to prevent you from performing basic work tasks. You must be able to demonstrate to the Social Security Administration that you have a serious limitation in one or more of the following categories: understanding or remembering new information, interacting with other people, concentrating on tasks, or adapting to basic life skills.

Like all SSDI claims, your doctor’s records and statement on your behalf will be vital to demonstrate the severity of your condition to the SSA. If your depression or anxiety is not severe enough to warrant Social Security benefits on their own, they can still factor in as part of a claim regarding another condition.

Social Security Disability Attorneys for Eugene and Albany

The attorneys of Drew L. Johnson, P.C. Attorneys at Law have over 40 years of experience helping Oregonians cut through the red tape to get the Social Security disability benefits they deserve. If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, or any other medical condition that makes it impossible for you to work, you’re not alone. We’ll help you successfully navigate the Social Security application process or apply for a reconsideration of a rejected application.


Call (541) 434-6466 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Social Security disability attorney today.

Drew L. Johnson

Drew L. Johnson

Drew L. Johnson has been fighting for the rights of Lane County Social Security Disability claimants for more than 40 years. Learn More