DEPRESSION: Depression or Anxiety

Depression and anxiety can be debilitating.

Whether depression or anxiety is one of your primary conditions or a by-product of other chronic pain and suffering, these conditions can and do severely impact the lives of so many people.

Does your disability (including the effects of depression or anxiety) prevent you from working a full-time job? Do you struggle to care for yourself and meet your own basic needs?

Do you have days where you just cannot get out of bed? Cannot leave the house? Cannot deal with other people?

Please don’t underestimate the effect that depression and anxiety can have on your life (and on your claim for benefits.) Many people are afraid to admit that they suffer from these conditions. However, it is very common for people suffering from almost any chronic impairment to also experience some depression and/or anxiety. Talk to your doctor about this.

Even if your depression or anxiety may not be severe enough to win a claim for disability on its own, these conditions can still play an important role in winning your overall claim for disability.

For more details about how “disability” is determined, see The 5 Steps to a Disability Determination.

If you are disabled and need help with your SSDI or SSI hearing, contact Deborah at The Hardin Law Firm, PLC.

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Originally published: January 02, 2014 at

Last updated: December 15, 2016 at 8:46 am