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Can disability be awarded for depression for a time until I am fully recovered?

To whom it may concern, I am currently suffering from major depression and anxiety. So far my treatments are failing and I am considering disability. Can disability be awarded for a time until I am fully recovered? Or is it permanent once I apply and am awarded?

Social Security disability is a long-term permanent disability program. You must have been disabled for twelve months or expect to be disabled for twelve months to meet the most basic eligibility criteria.

Note: disability examiners who make decisions on SSD and SSI claims at the disability application and reconsideration appeal levels use a five-step sequential evaluation process and work activity--whether or not a person is engaged in it and whether or not they are making than the allowable limit--is addressed immediately. As stated in section 404.1520 of title 20 of the code of federal regulations "At the first step, we consider your work activity, if any. If you are doing substantial gainful activity, we will find that you are not disabled".

If you find that after you are awarded disability benefits you can return to work, just report your work activity to Social Security and follow their instructions. If you are able to stay working, eventually your disability will terminate. However, there are many safe guards such as trial work months, an extended period of disability, and expedited reinstatements to help you if you should have to stop working due to the same disabling condition that you were initially awarded disability benefits for. I hope this information helps.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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Medical Documentation when you apply for disability with depression
Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
Should I List My Past Depression Medications on My Social Security Disability or SSI Application?
How do you apply for disability if you have depression?
Is it hard to qualify for Social Security benefits if you have depression?
Can disability be awarded for depression for a time until I am fully recovered?
Depression, Social Security Disability, and Applying for Benefits
Dysthymia and Filing for Disability
Major Depressive Disorder (Depression) and Filing for Disability

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

What is qualifying for disability based on?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status - when should I call to check
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What are the SSI disability qualifications for Adults and Children?
How Likely are You to Win Your Disability Case?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits?
Working while getting Disability - Is it Possible?
What is Social Security Back Pay?
What is the maximum back pay you can get for Social Security disability?