How to Get Disability for Depression & Migraines

By Sierra Koester

Suffering from migraines and depression may effect your ability to work a full-time or even a part-time job. If you feel your migraines and depression hinder you from working, it may be time to apply for Social Security Disability benefits. Applying for disability benefits is time-consuming and daunting, but it is important to do if you feel you can no longer work. This article will tell you how to get disability benefits as well as how to find and utilize a disability advocate in the process.

File for disability. You can file for disability benefits in one of three ways. You may file online by visiting the Social Security Administration's website. Once you are on the homepage, click on the, "Applying for Disability Benefits," located in the top middle section of the page. Next, select what age group you fall in--children under 18 or adults 18 or over. If you are applying online, you will need to fill out both the application for Social Security benefits and the Adult Disability Report. To file for disability benefits by phone, call the Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213 and make an appointment to do the application by phone with the Social Security Administration (a representative will call you at the scheduled time). You may also file for disability benefits in person. Call the Social Security Administration and schedule an appointment to fill out the application at your local office in person.

Answer all questions honestly. The application contains questions about your medical condition or conditions, your work experiences, previous employers and wages received, current employer and wages received (if applicable), your current physician, the physician who diagnosed your medical condition, contact information for your physicians and how the medical condition or conditions affect your ability to work. After you file your application, the Social Security Administration will send you a packet of other forms to fill out regarding your medical condition, work history and your abilities.

Find a disability advocate. A disability advocate will help you win your case. You can get Social Security disability without a disability advocate, but you have a much better chance of getting benefits with an advocate.

Fill out all of the paperwork the Social Security Administration sends you. Remember to answer all questions honestly.

Make a copy of all of the paperwork before you send the original packet of paperwork back to the Administration.

Make an appointment with your disability advocate. Bring all of the paperwork the Social Security Administration sent you. Additionally, make a list of all of your current doctors and the doctors who diagnosed you with migraines and depression to give to your disability advocate. Your advocate will ask you several questions about how long you are able to stand, walk, do repetitive tasks and other work-related tasks. During the appointment, the disability advocate will also go over all of the contracts and payment plan with you.

Go to all of the appointments the Social Security Administration requests you attend. You are required to go to these appointments. If you do not attend, the Administration will have reason to deny you disability benefits. If you cannot attend your appointment at the scheduled time, contact your disability advocate and have her reschedule the appointment for a time that work for you. You may be required to see a physician and a psychologist to verify your medical and mental health status.

About the Author

Sierra Koester has been writing professionally since 2006, contributing to several websites and blogs. She received her B.A. in psychology from DePauw University in 2004.