Can you File for SSI or SSDI for Depression, Anxiety, or PTSD?


For those with depression, anxiety, or PTSD, seeking Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. Symptoms like sleep disruption, low energy, and suicidal thoughts make life extremely difficult. Coupling that with an inability to work because of your depressive symptoms makes your situation more difficult, every day.


An often intimidating web of procedures, paperwork, doctor’s visits, and phone calls are overwhelming even to those without depression. Finding the right legal partner from the beginning can make the difference between obtaining the benefits you deserve and being denied SSDI or SSI.

At Affleck and Gordon, we specialize in Social Security, and we have extensive experience winning benefits for those with depressive symptoms that impact their ability to work. We’re your compassionate partner to help you through a difficult time in life. And, we only get paid if you win your case.

You may be a candidate to receive SSDI or SSI, but only if your case is presented with the right evidence. The right attorney can help you properly prepare your case so that you have the best chance of receiving benefits.

What does Social Security Cover?

Fortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) provides benefits through SSDI and SSI for those with mental disorders, including clinical depression, however, you must meet very specific criteria to meet the SSA’s guidelines.

Mental disorders covered by SSI and SSDI include:

neurocognitive disorders
schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
depressive, bipolar and related disorders 
intellectual disorder
anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder
somatic symptoms and related disorders
personality and impulse-control disorder
autism spectrum disorder
neurodevelopmental disorders
eating disorders
trauma and stressor-related disorders
There are two ways to qualify for SSI and SSDI, whether your disability is physical or mental.When applying for SSDI and SSI benefits, both your physical and mental health issues will be considered by the SSA in deciding your ability to work.

The First Option:

The first option is to meet an SSA listing for mental health. This is the most difficult path to approval when seeking disability for depression, as your symptoms must fall into rigid categories. Only a very small percentage of claimants meet the listing requirements.

The Second Option:

The second choice has a much more likely path to approval. If you have medical records that show your conditions, this is only half the battle. You must further show how your medical condition and symptoms affect your ability to function on a day-to-day basis. Documenting the connection between conditions and functioning is critical in any disability claim. At Affleck and Gordon, we work with our clients on their path to benefits. With your partnership, we can help determine the best route for you.

When you experience these symptoms in a way that clearly impacts your ability to work, we have a better chance of winning benefits for you.

Why Should I Work with an Attorney?

Why Should I Work with an AttorneyWhen seeking SSDI or SSI for depression, a skilled and experienced attorney can argue to teh SSA the specific reasons why your conditions make you disabled. A client who’s been treated for depression may have documents spanning years. An experienced disability attorney can distill the information for the most relevant components of your claim to help you present the strongest claim possible.

Once you make an appointment to meet with us, we can gather all relevant information for your case. You can rest assured that we are working for you and for your claim.

What Evidence Should I Bring When I Meet My SSDI/SSI Attorney?

When filing a claim for SSI or SSDI, the Social Security Administration looks for specific documents and evidence of your disability. They consider all relevant medical evidence about your disorder from your physician, psychologist, and other medical sources, which include health care providers such as physician assistants, psychiatric nurse practitioners, licensed clinical social workers, and clinical mental health counselors.


Navigating a Social Security claim for depression and seeking an SSI attorney to assist with your claim doesn’t have to be overwhelming. We understand what you’re going through, as we’ve assisted many others win disability for depression. We can help you, too. Take a few minutes to contact us today. We can evaluate your claim, help organize the most important facts of your medical history, and help you present a strong, compelling claim. You don’t have to do this alone. At Affleck and Gordon, we’re the experienced Social Security law firm you need.

If your Supplemental Security Income claim has been denied, or you’re thinking about filing and don’t know where to start, Affleck and Gordon can help. We’ve been helping people in Georgia just like you for over 40 years. Sign up for a free case evaluation here, or call us (404) 373-1649.




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