In the United States, anxiety disorders and depression are the most common mental health issues. It’s no question that they affect a huge number of people, but significant stigma still surrounds them.

Depression is not just having an off-day or feeling sad. It can completely change your life and how you function. However, many people think Social Security Disability Insurance is only available for individuals with physical disabilities. That’s simply not true. 1.6 million adults in the U.S. are affected by depression, and people suffering from disabling mental health issues can be eligible for receiving government aid.

The Social Security Administration’s criteria for disabling depression includes:

  • Symptoms that affect you for more than a year
  • Alterations to your ability to work
  • Your ability to complete daily functions is impaired
  • Diagnosis by a medical professional

If you are suffering from depression that’s affecting your ability to work, don’t push yourself to try and make money. If you need time off to work on your health, you should first start by talking to your doctor. They will be able to discuss your condition and how it is affecting your daily functions. Then, you should work with a legal professional to apply for Social Security aid and appeal your case. They will also be able to help you apply for other types of financial support outside of Social Security.

Social Security provides help to people suffering from mental conditions such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic disorders
  • Depression, including postpartum and seasonal affective disorder
  • Manic syndrome
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia

Just because others can’t see your disability doesn’t mean it’s any less real. You deserve the chance to take care of yourself. Don’t hesitate to ask for the help you need to keep yourself healthy.