You may receive Social Security Disability benefits if you have depression, bipolar disorder, or mania. When determining whether you are disabled by one of these affective or mood disorders, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will first consider whether your condition is severe enough to meet or equal a listing at Step 3 of the Sequential Evaluation Process.
If you meet or equal a listing, SSA will consider you disabled and you will receive benefits. If your disorder is not considered severe enough to meet a listing, SSA will assess your residual functional capacity (i.e. the work you can still do despite your depression, bipolar disorder, or mania) to evaluate whether you qualify for disability compensation.